The more we utilise technology for enhancing the productivity and profitability of our dairy farm, the more sustainable our business will remain. The benefits go beyond profitability too, with opportunities to improve farming lifestyle and animal welfare.
The latest advances in cow monitoring provides us with incredibly precise information about each individual cow. We can now do things like catch cows in heat or identify sick and lame cows sooner, therefore improving the success of treatment. There's no doubt that being able to follow our animals so closely makes it much easier to tend to their needs. Even small fluctuations in the cows normal behaviour are detected and responded to early before they become significant problems. As a result we have less vet call-outs and antibiotic use is minimal.
We must always remember though that 'prevention is better than cure' and new technology will only tell us when something is wrong. We still observe our animals very closely every day. Farming know-how still plays a role in being able to interpret the data and take the best course of action.