Made in New Zealand is a feature that looks at the wealth of design and manufacturing ability we have in New Zealand, producing productive and cost-effective products for the agricultural sector. This week we take a closer look at Waikato Milking Systems, catching up with Jane Burton, head of global marketing.
Two of its new offerings - cow monitoring system, CowTraQ and TracHQ automation platform - will be powered by Nedap.
"Our technology and partnership with Nedap begins a new era in dairy management," says Jamie Mikkelson, WMS executive chairman.
"With the release of our smart CowTraQ collars, WMS now offers the most comprehensive and accurate solution to identify cows and monitor their reproduction, health, location and more.
"The innovative, reliable and integrated identification, automation and monitoring solutions provided by our CowTraQ system and our TracHQ platform lead the way in helping dairy farmers become more profitable, sustainable and productive," Mikkelson says.
Nedap livestock management managing director Bertino Verstege says its widely proven and integrated platform drives herd management technology such as CowTraQ and TracHQ to automate everyday tasks and deliver complete and user-friendly insights to dairy farmers to help make informed decisions.
"Advanced herd monitoring and management technologies have become vital tools for dairy farms throughout the world.
"That's because the technology is easily harnessed to maximise herd performance and farm efficiency," Verstege says.
Dairy farmers save time and labour, and use the information generated by the technology to improve farm management at the tactical and strategic levels.
WMS says its CowTraQ system and TracHQ platform, powered by Nedap, offer dairy farmers industry-leading advantages:
Transforming cow data into real-time and relevant alerts, to-do lists, reports and shed maps to help manage and control the herd.
- A single collar combines animal identification, heat detection, health monitoring, herd performance trends and cow-locating to improve herd performance and offer producers peace of mind.
- Seamless integration with other Waikato Milking Systems automation systems, herd management programs and software tools.
- Industry-leading research and development team continually cultivating new tools including Augmented Reality.
"Waikato Milking Systems is excited to add these cow monitoring and herd management solutions to its broad portfolio of automation tools," says Mikkelson.
"They will strengthen dairy farm management and animal care, provide farmers the assurance that proper animal care occurs in a timely manner and expand dairy farmer access to cutting-edge technology and dairy management capabilities."
Verstege says Nedap is proud to add Waikato Milking Systems to its valued distributor network of leading international dairry industry companies.
"We are committed to our shared vision of long-term investments to enhance dairy farming and to provide farmers a profitable and sustainable future."