Overcoming heat stress problems in the herd

With this past summer enveloping Europe with highs of over 47°C in some regions, it comes as no surprise that heat detection has come to the fore as a major health concern for dairy farmers. Ida has developed a progressive feature (Cow Ranking) that will assist in beating the often-deadly effects of heat stress. 

Effects of heat stress

Modern dairy breeds like the Holstein Friesian breed are developed in northern countries, meaning they have a tolerance to cold weather conditions but susceptible to heat. In many areas around the world, summers are hot and long. This can be a problem for dairy cows, as they are already exposed to heat stress when temperatures rise above 22°C, especially when accompanied by high humidity. Elevated temperature and humidity negatively affect feed intake which results in poor rumination, milk yield and fertility. Another risk that farmers run in sweltering situations is herd fatality, low efficiency and ultimately reduced profit.

Cow ranking

The beauty in artificial intelligence is that it is always learning and evolving. Ida is no different and that is exactly why we have decided to fully implement our new “cow ranking” feature. This technology will not only help with early detection for heat stress but can also identify your herd’s top performers. Ida takes into consideration each individual cow’s eating and rumination behaviour as well as milk yield. You will then be able to determine which cows are the most productive and why. The cow ranking feature is the answer to herd efficiency and farm productivity. In short, digitalising your dairy farm with Ida will significantly attribute successful decision making in the following areas:

  • Herd efficiency
  • Fertility
  • Breeding
  • Milk yield
  • Heat detection

Digitalising dairy

With an ever-shifting landscape, food sustainability is no longer just a concern, it has now become a question of survival for future generations. By choosing to implement AI on your dairy farm, IoT technologies can work towards bettering agriculture going forward. Ida not only improves your productivity and profit but will also put you at the helm of the most incredible agtech advancement on the market right now.

Click here to find out more about Ida’s cow ranking feature and how to get Ida on your farm today!