The votes are in and Dairy Herd Management is pleased to announce the top 10 innovative products of the year. Entries were evaluated by Dairy Herd Management’s independent panel of dairy farmers, agribusiness representatives and university experts. Each entry was judged on its originality within the marketplace, usefulness and value to dairy farmers. This was the first year that Dairy Herd Management hosted the Innovation Awards, and with more than 30 entries it was stiff competition. In no particular order, the Top 10 honorees are:
KattleGuard Automatic Hoof Care System
Dairy Solutions, Inc. introduces the KattleGuard Automatic Hoof Care System.
Unlike traditional foot bath technologies that are little more than pools where cross-contamination can occur, the KattleGuard Automatic Hoof Care System treats each foot individually with fresh sanitizing product. Using a novel sensing system, the KattleGuard System detects the feet of the animals and accurately targets and then treats them with highvelocity, low-volume sprays.
Besides dispensing fresh solution for each treatment, the system runs eight times more efficiently than traditional bath type systems when it comes to chemical usage. Running the KattleGuard for seven days a week is the goal.
For more information:: Contact Dairy Solutions Inc. at (559) 752-0198 or go to: www.dairysolutions.com
PocketDairy Android App
Dairy Records Management Systems introduces the PocketDairy Android App.
PocketDairy Android displays vital cow statistics regarding production, reproduction and udder health. A fling of the screen reveals the lifetime health, vaccination and protocol history. Views include cow pages and various lists for calving, breeding and other actions. A variety of filters allow for simplicity of use, even in the largest of herds.
Following an extensive beta phase, this product is being released to PCDART customers worldwide with the option of choosing different languages, including English and Spanish.
The beta phase revealed that producers love programs that can be used on their smartphones, as opposed to having to carry another device dedicated to farm management. All current customers are using smartphones, although a few are experimenting with the newest Android tablets appearing on the market.
For more information: Contact Dairy Records Management Systems at (919) 661-3100 or go to: www.drms.org
Legend Heat Detection System
Animart introduces the Legend Heat Detection System.
The Legend Heat Detection System is a new radio-automated heat detection system that collects and transmits cow activity data in real time via an antenna and receiver to Legend Track a Cow software. Each receiver can manage up to 250 cows. The Legend Heat Detection System improves the ability to identify cows in heat by establishing a normal baseline activity based on steps taken per cow and alerting producers to abnormal spikes.
Features of Legend Heat Detection System include the Track a Cow Pedometer and Software. Legend’s pedometer is the smallest tag in electronic heat-detection systems at 2.65 ounces, and the only long range leg tag. Data are gathered in real time, every 6 to 7 minutes, allowing for heats to be detected quickly and timely decisions made. Data are collected through receivers and sent to an on-farm computer or laptop, allowing producers to generate reports and graphs. Legend Heat Detection System also establishes a standing/lying ratio to help identify other possible health issues, such as lameness and mastitis. The typical return on investment is around one-and-a-half years, benefitting producers with less days open, increased pregnancy rates, more cows producing milk, decreased use of drugs and semen and less labor for farm staff and management.
For more information : Contact an ANIMART Veterinarian at (800) 255-1181 or go to: www.animart.com/legend