AFIKIM, Israel, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire -- The milk recording and herd management organization, CanWest DHI, has pointed out the best two managed farms in the region of Ontario Canada. Both winners utilize Afimilk management systems.
Albadon Farms Ltd was rated first and Summitholm Holsteins second in a monitoring process that serves as a barometer of overall herd performance. To assess performance, six management areas are examined: milk value, udder health, age at first calving, calving interval, longevity and herd efficiency.
'Our Afimilk system is a major tool in achieving a high pregnancy rate, one of the most important aspects of farm profitability,' says Josh Ireland of Albadon Farms, Ontario.
Ireland points out that his Afimilk heat detection system has enabled a 55% conception rate in contrast to 38% with all other methods. Labor savings has been another benefit, as no time is spent on heat detection.
Ben Loewith of Summitholm Holsteins, Ontario, concurs. 'Our Afimilk system detects 97 percent of the cows we breed. The other three percent are mainly bred off a CIDR device, so there are no signs of heat,' he says.
'Beyond the excellent heat detection, we use the system as a tremendous tool for monitoring our parlor performance,' continues Loewith. 'As we make changes to the parlor setup, either in the prep routine, milker settings or hardware, we immediately see quantitative effects,' he says. Further, according to Loewith, the system enables comparison of milkers in the parlor to make sure that everyone follows the same set of protocols.
'Afimilk is essential in daily herd health monitoring,' adds Josh Ireland. 'Sick cows and slow or sick fresh cows are flagged much sooner,' continues Ireland, 'and just being able to look up each milking weight for each cow is very important.'
'I am so happy with the use of afimilk technology in managing our milking herd,' says top farmer Ireland.
Afimilk provides dairy producers the technology and the knowledge to profitably produce high quality milk. Afimilk is the leader in milk & cows sensors and management software, with systems at work in more than 50 countries on five continents. Kibbutz Afikim and Fortissimo Capital, Israel's leading private equity firm, are the two shareholders in Afimilk.