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Unlock the full potential of GEA CowScout

Spring is now upon us and many have already turned their herds out to graze and others will soon follow. Grazed grass is much cheaper than silage and concentrates, but it is not without its challenges and can end up more costly when included into rations, if not managed. Whilst it’s great to see the cows bounding out onto the fresh spring pasture, it’s important to keep a close eye on their eating, rumination and health.

Avoid a drop in Butterfat and Proteins

Unlike Winter feeding regimes which are reasonably consistent, fresh grass can vary in its nutritional quality between paddocks, making it challenging to balance correctly in diets especially in high production animals. Young grass has high sugar and crude protein levels combined with low effective fibre levels which cause it to be rapidly digested in the rumen. This rapid digestion and rumen throughput can lead to digestive upset and metabolic issues, including acidosis and ammonia toxicity. Generally, this shows itself as low milk solids a few weeks later which can be very costly in todays market

When such problems arise, not only do they reduce the cows feed intake, but can have knock on affects to milk yield and quality, lameness, fertility and body weight/confirmation. These, in turn, can have negative implications on the ‘bottom line’ where left unmanaged.

The GEA CowScout Eating & Rumination collar provides real-time data, which can help farmers and nutritionist spot lower rumination time caused by dietary changes sooner, before the herd shows physical signs, preventing the development of health and production related issues.

The CowScout collar constantly measures the cows eating, rumination and movement times, comparing them to the previous weeks rolling average. This continual cycle allows the system to identify and flag any fluctuations and abnormalities. Alerts are sent directly to your phone or computer, displaying the cow number and recorded change in her behaviour, along with the duration and start of the changes.

Whilst CowScout is traditionally thought of by many as a heat detection aid, utilising functions such as the monitoring of eating & rumination for the herd as well as individual animals can provide early indications of digestive upset and illness. Spending just 5 minutes a day looking at your cow’s health data during key periods such as Spring turnout, silage and ration changes, can help farmers identify potential issues and make the adjustments they need to before it impacts production.

For more information on our GEA CowScout Herd management range and how it can help your farm, contact your local GEA dealership or Area Sales Manager via button below.

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