To achieve maximum efficiency, productivity and profitability with herds or flocks of animals numbering in the hundreds or thousands requires knowing detailed information on each and every animal.
The only timely and cost effective way for reliably achieving this is to automatically collect the data.
The ATL system for sheep and goats uses radio frequency identification (RFID) and milk measurement technology to capture detailed information on the performance of each and every animal.
The information in stored in a computer program and is used to produce all the reports required to make decisions about each and every animal individually.
What components make up the system?
The ATL system uses RFID transponders and milk measurement devices to collect detailed information on the performance of each and every animal. The components are:
Parlour Auto-ID - An electronic RFID system automates the animal identification process using either FDX-B, HDX or both technologies. Each animal is fitted with an electronic ear tag with a unique identifying number. The RFID system uses antennas to read the unique identifying number and send it to the ATL system.
Milk Meter - An electronic milk meter that has been specially designed for measuring milk yields from sheep and goats. It is an easy to use device that automatically stops the milking when milk flow reduces below a user set level, thus protecting the animals from over milking.
Selection - An electronic RFID system that automates the selection of animals using either FDX-B, HDX or both technologies. Each animal is fitted with an ear tag with a unique identifying number. The automatic selection system uses a walkthrough antenna to read the uniqiue identifying number from the ear tag.
ATL Cowculator - ATL Cowculator is the computer program that stores the detailed information on each and every animal in the herd or flock.
What are the benefits of the system?
The ATL system for sheep and goats improves efficiency, productivity and profitability of sheep and goat dairies by:
Reduces labour required for milking - The automatic identification of each animal, storing of milk yields and the removal of clusters means that the milker can concentrate on milking the animals. The ATL system does the rest. Improving efficiency by reducing labour.
Reduces labour required for animal selection - The automatic selection of animals not only improves efficiency by reducing labour requirements, but the fast and easy selection of animals post milking also means group based feeding regimes can be utilised, improving feeding efficiency and productivity.
Increases productivity - The system identifies under-productive animals in the herd or flock, allowing the farmer to see which animals are productive and making money, and which are not and are costing money. Culling decisions are easier, increasing the productivity of each animal and the profitability of the business.
Improves breeding and genetics - The captures detailed milk yield information on each animal, and along with the parental information, the genetic improvement of animals and the herd or flock can be achieved. High yielding milking sheep or goats can be selected and productivity and profitability increased.
Improves feeding efficiency - The ability to automatically select animals post milking allows high yielders to be target fed a different ration from the rest of the milking herd, improving the productivity and profitability of your business.
Every animal is treated individually - The system captures detailed information on each animal and gives the farmer the ability to treat each animal as an individual even in herds or flocks of over a thousand animals. This improves animal welfare as health issues can be noticed by the system before the usual visual indicators are noticed.