As of 18 November 2019, the new Lely T4C update has been rolled out in the different countries.
In this update, Report 10 – Health Report’ has been improved. Changes have been made to the ‘sick chance’ calculation for the Health Report. With these changes, acute sick cows should be identified at an earlier stage.
For example, if a cow (acute sick) does not visit the milking robot for a longer period, activities such as rumination and eating minutes will be of more value for calculating the sick chance. The older milk data will be of less value for calculating the sick chance.
The second main changes are in the functionalities for Vector beef customers. They have a better insight into the feed intake of the cows: dry matter intake entered versus the actual dry matter fed. Moreover, beef customers are able to manage their cows better. The feeding history from one location to another remains insightful if, for example, the cow transfers from the rearing stable to the feedlots.
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Why treatment plans?
Ensuring that animal health issues are dealt with effectively and that the labour involved in the treatment is efficient is very important, particularly as herd sizes become larger. Farms with an automatic milking system have an extra tool they can use to increase the effectiveness of the treatment, thereby decrease the effort of the farmer has to make to achieve the best results.
Preparation for dry period pays off
Dry period infections are a very important part of the epidemiology of environmental pathogens such as E. coli and S. uberis. These infections often remain subclinical throughout the dry period, but are then an important cause of clinical mastitis in the first few months of the subsequent lactation period. This article will give more insight and information about the different stages of the dry period and their relation to mastitis.