Field night to offer work saving tips
THE South Gippsland Sub Branch of Holstein Friesian Association of Australia is holding a field night on Friday (January 22) at the Clark family farm in Nerrena.
The field night will start at 7pm at the Densley Road property.
On the night, Dr Phil Hentschke will present a talk on how the type of animal equals profit for farm businesses and Terry Clark will talk about the SCR Heat Time 24 computer program.
The field night will also include and herd inspection, featuring Harklaje Goldwyn Debutante VG89 (Max) –ET, which won the three year old category in the recent Semex on farm challenge.
Attendees will also be treated to a free barbecue and drinks will be supplied.
Mr Clark said he has been using the Heat Time heat detection program since the start of his herd’s main mating period last July.
“It is not a guarantee for getting all the cows in calf, but it did find cows on heat we may not have picked up, so we submitted more cows for mating,” he said.
“We preg tested 80 cows and only had seven or eight that weren’t pregnant. We probably had more cows in calf early than what we would normally have.”
Mr Clark said by using Heat Time, which transmits information from a collar to the computer throughout the day, he no longer has to tail paint or heat detect manually.
He said if the program detects cows in heat, they are automatically drafted off after milking.
“The aim is for the program to help us improve the fertility in our herd and we no longer need to heat detect, tail paint and manually draft the cows in heat,” he said.
“We are getting a better result, while reducing the workload.”
The collars can store 24 hours of data and can be read from over one kilometre away.
“Over time, the program starts to learn more about each individual cow and can interpret her data more effectively,” Mr Clark said.
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