World's Largest Robotic Milking Installation Now in Operation

Jamie Johansen

The van Leeuwen dairy farm in New Zealand has become the site of the world’s largest robotic milking installation for free cow traffic under one roof. With twenty four new DeLaval voluntary milking system VMS™ the 1,500-cow barn in Makikhi South Canterbury has gone from milking zero to 750 cows in just seven days in just half the space available. …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Milking Parlor, Technology

Udder Tech, Inc. Launches Green Vet Gear, Milk Testing Aprons

Jamie Johansen

Udder Tech, Inc. announces that their popular veterinarian items are now offered in the color green and new milk testing aprons are now available. “We are excited to offer our vet gear in the new green color,” said Cheryl Mohn, president of Udder Tech, Inc. “We have been expanding our product color choices through the years, most recently offering select …

Agribusiness, Dairy, Technology

Gesdate App Puts Herd in Your Hand

Cindy Zimmerman

A new iPhone app called GESDATE for swine producers to digitally track breeding, gestation, farrowing dates, litters, vaccinations, and more. From conception to sale or harvest day, GESDATE moves swine operations to a new tier of herd organization and management, giving producers unprecedented real-time access to farm data, and introduces a remarkable farm staff collaboration tool. All of these features …

Apps, Livestock, Swine, Technology

Join the #RealPigFarming Conversation

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Board has launched a new campaign called #RealPigFarming, that uses major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to educate the general public about the pork industry. Cindy Cunningham with the Pork Board explains that the campaign involves real pig farmers – from their barns, from their chores everyday, when they’re outside working. “They’re posting information about …

Audio, Farming, Pork, Social Media, Swine, Technology

UdderOne Provides New View for Milking

Cindy Zimmerman

A new transparent technology is offering dairy farmers the ability to actually see the full milking of their cows. Polymer Extrusion Technology (PET), a South Florida based company specializing in developing and manufacturing specialty resins and polymers, has developed UdderOne™ – a totally new concept in dairy liners, shells, hoses and accessories. Using revolutionary crystal clear polymers and unprecedented technology, …

Animal Health, dairy farming, Milk, Technology

Wireless Monitoring of Your Cows and Herd

Chuck Zimmerman

We’re hearing a lot about health applications of mobile and wearable technology lately. The anticipated iWatch from Apple is expected to open some new doors into that technology. But that’s for humans. What about cows? Well a Scottish company is introducing a bluetooth way to monitor cow and herd health – The Well CowTM Bolus. Monitor the health of your …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Technology

GEA Farm Technologies' Contour™ Mattress System

Jamie Johansen

GEA Farm Technologies is very excited to bring dairy producers a better way of thinking about cow bedding. The new, patent pending Contour™ Mattress System is a premium air mattress system for the ultimate in cow comfort and support. This unique bedding choice provides an alternative to deep-bedded sand or solids. Plus, the Contour improves top dress material retention compared …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Milking Parlor, Technology

New Animal Ag Facility Lighting Debuts at WPX

Joanna Schroeder

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, there are loads of fun things to see, eat and learn about each year during the World Pork Expo. A new cool product that I ran across is an innovative new lighting system designed with the swine industry in mind. When speaking with Burlington-IA, Energyficient Systems CEO Chad Palmer (and designer) he explained …

Agribusiness, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Technology, Video, World Pork Expo

GrowSafe Wins Intel SME Award for Innovation

Jamie Johansen

GrowSafe Systems Ltd., received the 2014 INTEL SME award for Innovation at the Canadian Advanced Technology (CATAAlliance) award gala. GrowSafe’s Alison Sunstrum, Co-CEO commented “When our founder brought the first livestock RFID solution to market in 1990 he envisioned the possibility of the Internet of Things. The convergence of Internet service to rural communities, fast PC processors, sensors, and connectivity …

Agribusiness, award, Technology

GEA Adds Eating Time Analysis to CowScout™

Jamie Johansen

Electronically monitoring cows for activity helps to automate the heat detection process, and supply more accurate breeding information for increased pregnancy rates. Activity monitors can also alert producers to health challenges ahead of clinical signs being visually observed, allowing for earlier treatment and avoiding a potential drop in milk production. To increase monitoring capabilities, GEA Farm Technologies has added eating …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Technology