Effect of RFID on Daily Milk Yield (DMY) and reduced operator stress

In Animal Farms Improved Milk Yields and lactation production and Reduced Operator Stress are two important factors that are achieved Through Controlled Feeding.
Electronic identification has been used to provide measurable results in improved feed efficiency and increased milk yields. The system utilizes individual passive RFID tags on each cow, combined with antennas at each stall within the feeding parlor. When a cow moves into a stall, these antennas interact with the tags to generate the required electromagnetic energy field, and a reader installed within the parlor receives the data. A unique piece of this design is that it utilizes only one reader for the parlor, which can read data from a number of antennas. The computer control unit for this system manages parlor feeding and milk yield records. Moreover, the unit can store animal health information, and can be connected to a standard personal computer, thus enabling two-way data exchange.
Under this system, cows enter the feeding parlor, and must enter the feeding stall directly beside the cow in front (which they apparently learn to do very quickly). Once they enter the stall, feed will only be released if the stall in front of them is occupied, and that occupant has been identified by the system and fed. Once this occurs, a predetermined amount of feed is automatically released to the newly identified cow. The farmers note that the investment into electronic identification wasn’t a luxury, but rather a necessity, so as to reduce his stress levels and provide improved feeding accuracy. As an example, a farmer states that measurable benefits have been realized, as, “Before the change rolling average yield was 6500 liters a cow, of which 1932 liters came from forage. It is now 7300 liters, including 3000 from forage. Milk quality has also increased” (R.Davies).
It is certainly obvious that significant gains have been realized due to automating the feeding procedure through electronic identification.
#Iman Abrishamchi

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