Lameness is a common problem on dairy farms. Resulting in less productive cows and high veterinary costs, GEA has developed a digital system to detect it at an early stage.

Described as a time-saving way to keep an eye on the herd hoof health, and developed together with its Northern Ireland-based partner CattleEye, a 2D camera installed above the existing milking system captures and records each cow as it leaves the parlour.

CattleEye software then evaluates irregularities in the animals’ movement patterns and flags them in the system. This data can be accessed at any time via the app on a mobile device or PC.

Said to be almost maintenance free, the system can be installed in both new and existing parlours and works with both conventional and automatic milking systems.

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