Tail-painting with a twist…from the milking parlour pit
Dairy farmers around the country are now in the “breeding danger zone” – with actions taken over the next few weeks set to have a big impact on next year’s profit, according to one agricultural company.
This comes down to the simple basics of getting as many cows in calf in as short a period of time as possible, in such a manner that they are grazing on pasture for as long as possible, according to Tailpainter.com
The less well this is done, the more money is being paid to feed a cow that isn’t producing, the firm notes.
“Farmers that only re-applied paint every two-to-three weeks – as it says on the bottle – were not getting as good a result.
“I figured that a key reason farmers did not top up tail-paint as often was because the job was a real pain.”
Initially getting up onto the rump rail of the milking parlour to tail-paint his cows, O’Keeffe was uncomfortable with the dangers of this method both in the short term – from falls and kicks – and in the long term from hip damage and repetitive stress injury.
Following a few ideas and tests, O’Keeffe developed the basic prototype of the Tailpainter, refining it to its current version.
“Being able to tail-paint quickly and easily from the parlour pit – or wherever makes the most sense for them – has been a game-changer for our customers,” the farmer and AI technician claimed.
Such measures will help farmers to “avoid the danger zone in this year’s breeding season”, O’Keeffe concluded.