An Otorohanga farm has done away with tail paint after becoming the first farm in New Zealand to pilot an automated heat detection system for cows.
The simple method uses an electronic circuit contained in an adhesive patch to replace tail paint and manual drafting in the shed. The patch is activated once pressure is applied and cows are automatically sorted at the gate for mating. The system can be used in any shed and farming system.
Robbie Van Der Poel operates a dairy farm with 400 cows in Otorohanga and is the first to test the technology.