Winsor, on. –
Essex County dairy farms have provided their Holston herd monitors to monitor exercise.
Farmer Vicky Morrison nicknamed them “We are like cows.” You know it works for people, why not cows? ”
At Billy’s Bright Farm, a herd of 200 cows has collars with a collar around their necks, measuring how much each cow gets on each day.
“They tell us how much they move around, or how much they save, or how uncomfortable they are,” says Morrison.
Vicky Morrison, a dairy farmer, owns one of Anes Essex County, Ont. Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Mi Michel Maluske / CTV Winsor)
The data is sent to Morrison’s computer, which he reads twice a day.
And if they go beyond a certain percentage of movement, it signals to me on the computer, ”Morrison said, which may indicate that the cow is in labor.
Morrison’s activity tracker reads the cows’ movements for more than ten days, then uses them as a starting point to determine if their movements are changing.
Bally Bright Farms In Essex County, Ont can milk up to 20 cows at a time. Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Mi Michel Maluske / CTV Winsor)
Each collar also has a GPS unit that tells the farmer the cow that enters the “milk” room twice a day and how much milk the cow has given in the past.
“If she does not give the required amount of milk, she will be told that she did not give the required amount of milk, and I will probably go and see her,” he says. Morrison.
The cow is taken aside for a health check to make sure the animal is healthy.
“Our cows are now a technology that we can use to vote,” Morrison said.
Vicky Morrison makes drinking cups on Holston Cow on her farm in Essex County, Ont. Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Mi Michel Maluske / CTV Winsor)