Sev Popolizio Precision Dairy Management
What is Precision Dairy? • Precision Dairy Management is a worldwide effort to maximize efficiency and production in dairy operations, allowing for greater profits. • Goal: Maximize farm production by individually managing each animal.
Outline • Heat Detection • How does it work? • Benefits • Costs • Precision Feeding • How does it work? • Benefits • Costs • Robotic Milking • How does it work? • Benefits • Costs
Heat Detection • How does it work?
Heat Detection • Benefits: Saved Labor Workers are not required to do daily heat watches. Accurate Heat Detection The cow will be bred at the ideal time. Less down time (for cows) Open cows cost the farmer money.
Heat Detection • Costs: Initial Price of program $7,500-$15,500 Decreased observation Computer skills required Shorter animal rest time
Precision Feeding • How does it work? The animals transponder is read as it enters, a ration is formulated according to the animals needs and production level.
Precision Feeding • Benefits: Automatic ration adjustments are made by the computer Increased animal efficiency Saved labor
Precision Feeding • Costs: Prices range from $12,500-$24,000 (New) Decreased animal interaction Breakdowns are costly
Robotic Milking • How does it work?
Robotic Milking • Benefits: Animal Comfort Saved Labor Computer analysis of each animals production and ration adjustments accordingly. Increased efficiency
Robotic Milking • Costs: Ranging from $25,000-$48,000 (New) Computer skills required Machine breakdowns can be costly and usually require a trained technician.
Precision Dairy Management • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyMBei5hCaY
Precision Dairy Management • Work Cited: • http://www.precisiondairy2010.com/pdfs/Precision%20Dairy%202010%20eNEWS%20V10.pdf • http://ontag.farms.com/profiles/blogs/dr-roberta-bondar-to-challenge • http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/dairy/facts/07-065.htm • http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/dairy/dairyconference/dc24.pdf