Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Moo Monitor keeps track of every single beast ... 24hrs a day

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Kerry-based dairy technology company Dairymaster recently signed a contract worth €3m with Gene Diffusion, one of the largest AI companies in France, to market the Dairymaster Moo Monitor.

Designed to monitor the movement of individual cows 24 hours per day, the Moo Monitor records when cows are in heat and can then send a text message directly to the farmer's phone or can be used in conjunction with a mobile phone application.

The French deal follows hot on the heels of a deal with America's Select Sire, the biggest AI company in the US.

Meanwhile, Dairymaster has also launched a new in-platform teat sprayer for rotary parlours, designed and manufactured in-house at its Kerry base.

The rotary platform teat sprayer can provide both pre-spray and post-spray of teats.

For the pre-spray, the cow walks on to the rotary and when her CowID is displayed on the milk meter, the intelligent software activates so that she is sprayed for a predefined time.

For the post-spray, once the cluster is removed from the cow, the intelligent software activates and there is a spray delay time (eg five seconds) after which the cow is sprayed.

"The longer the spray time, the more teat coverage you will get.

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"Cholrhexidine chemical is used in the teat sprayers for both pre- and post-spraying," said marketing manager Lisa Herlihy.

"This is a very efficient method of both pre- and post-spraying your milking herd and it eliminates a person being required at the cups-off position."

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