Gallagher Farm, Clunes, NSW Australia

Ultimate Cow Health

“The system gives you accurate information on when you should join them.”

 Warren Gallagher, Co-Owner

Challenges

Adopt technology to continue increasing scale, keep the system simple, facilitate daily work for staff and reduce cow mortality and culling rates

System

Allflex Heatime® Pro System with HRLDn tags for real-time heat detection and health monitoring.

Benefits

Heat detection increased from 60 to 73%, cow mortality dropped from 15% to 7% and time-consuming visual heat detection role has been eliminated, freeing up labor resources

At a Glance

  • Company: Gallagher Farm
  • Location: Clunes, New South Wales, Australia
  • Herd Size: 240 cows

Summary

“I’d been a little disappointed in my in- calf rate,” says Warren. “I’m good at seeing the heats, but SenseTime gives you accurate information on when you should join them.” The goals were to improve the timing of AI (artificial insemination) and Warren has already noticed how some cows have a longer heat than others. “If I saw them jumping in the afternoon, I would have joined them the following morning. The SenseTime graph tells me some cows shouldn’t be joined until the following afternoon due to a longer pre-heat timeframe. Before the collars, I wouldn’t have been able to tell.”

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Heats detected by SenseTime:

14

compared to 4 heats that were manually spotted.

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