Fertile Ridge Dairy, Wisconsin

Fertile Ridge Dairy, founded in 1903, is a dairy, forage and grain farm located 20 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin. Four generations of the Sutter family have owned and managed the farm, milking 600 cows.

Fertile Ridge Dairy, founded in 1903, is a dairy, forage and grain farm located 20 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin. Four generations of the Sutter family have owned and managed the farm, milking 600 cows.

“If a cow is getting sick we can catch it about a day earlier than we used to, before seeing it in lower milk production. If we put her on medication, we’ll know much faster if she’s getting better or not.”

Joel Sutter, Herd Manager

Challenges

Fertile Ridge team wanted to reduce time-consuming, labor intensive visual observation
of cows and improve identification of cows in heat and identify sick cows earlier.

System

Allflex Heatime® HR Tag with rumination, heat detection and
cow identification functionality.

Benefits

The time and cost savings Fertile Ridge has achieved by using the HR Tag have been truly dramatic. Sutter says: “On average I’m saving 1.5 to two hours a day. It’s made my life a lot easier”.

At a Glance

  • Company: Fertile Ridge Dairy
  • Location: Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
  • Herd Size: 600 milking cows

Summary

Sutter uses the Allflex system on a daily basis not only to identify cows in heat but also to identify sick animals. “I have it set up to send me emails three times a day, but I look at the computer sporadically all through the day, and then plan ahead”.

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