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INTRODUCING STOCKMAN

Our concept technology is nearing commercial readiness. Keep watching this space for updates on when you can access the Stockman on your farm.

 

Stockman the super herd solution, from Herd Advance, has been designed from the ground up by beef farmers for beef farmers. Seamlessly the Stockman brings together practical hardware and precision data software that when paired with our cutting-edge App lets you monitor real-time the statistics and status of your herd on-the-go from your smartphone.

 

The Stockman enters the market as an integrated monitoring, sorting and management system. It not only captures weight, water intake and temperature* data from your herd, but crucially allows the user to automatically sort animals without the need for handling.

 

The system can independently move animals from one pen to another with no labour and stress-free. Using multiple criteria choices either decided by the user and applied through the App or by the systems own smart alerting abilities.

 

The simple measures of weight, water intake and temperature* provide a strong correlation to health, stress and profitability of the herd and can be utilised by both suckler and finisher units, across large and small scale enterprise. The Stockman is a one fit system that has benefit to all, enabling effortless herd management and decision-making, improving cost and margin across the whole production system.

 

*The thermal camera is an optional addition which can be purchased separately and added to the system, providing critical information on the animal’s health status.

Digitising your herd provides reduced costs and increased margins through automation and herd data analytics

MANAGE GROWTH PERFORMANCE

INCREASE HEALTH IDENTIFICATION

IMPROVE LABOUR EFFICIENCY

Stockman benefits & system overview

Stockman the super herd solution can deliver a number of tangible benefits to your herd.

 

1. Provides a stress-free environment for cattle to be weighed regularly with zero handling required reducing disruption to growth – normal cattle driving through weigh crushes can result in performance disruption for up to a week thereafter. This has been verified by trials data and results in major margin loss.

 

2. Real time health monitoring alerts e.g. identifies a sick animal through drinking pattern, weight and temperature* change and sends an alert to the user. Recording of these measures provides early detection of health issues to aid early treatment and intervention for problems which are not always visibly obvious.

 

3. Lack of available labour willing to work with livestock. Stockman fills the labour gap by providing a reduction in labour required for day to day cattle management due to sorting and early warning abilities of the system.

 

4. Provides a data source and prediction analysis of cattle weights to aid herd management and decision-making, driving business efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint. Best and worst performers are identified, allowing correlation to breeding, feeding, environmental conditions, health treatments. This allows rapid learning and hence improvement of the whole production system.

 

5. Identifies problems which are not always visually obvious

 

6. Minimises risks for stock people and animals associated with cattle handling and so improving farm health and safety, crucially important where there are likely to be fewer people working on farm.

 

7. Benefits for larger cattle farms, but also for the large number of part-time beef farmers who work away from the farm – allows herd monitoring and control from a smart phone.

Stockman App Herd Advance

The Stockman Process

cow in system

Step 1

The animal enters the Stockman where the EID tag is automatically scanned and the entrance gate is closed, preventing other animals from entering. Animals weight is taken before drinking. The data is saved and sent to the cloud and sent to the Stockman App.

Step 2

The animal drinks from the water trough and the volume of water consumed data is saved and sent to the cloud and sent to the Stockman App. An additional Stockman system option is a thermal camera which as the animal drinks, its body temperature is detected and the data is saved and sent to the cloud and sent to the Stockman App.

Step 3

Once the animal is finished drinking, the Stockman system allows the animal to exit through one of four gates. Set-up by the user via the Stockman App, the user can configure a variety of criteria for sorting. The animal can be returned to the existing source pen or moved to another pen as chosen by the user.

Step 4

From entry to exiting the Stockman system the animals data is fed back to the cloud and Stockman App, providing you with vital data that allows you to monitor the performance and health of the animal and automatically sort the animals as needed.

Examples of how the Stockman supports the management selection of animals on farm are shown below

Select sort criteria: (for example) Heifer Calf over 700kg, Exit Gate 2.

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Animal enters the Stockman crate. RFID tag data cross-references the criteria in the Stockman App.

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Animal exits allocated gate.

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Animals are sorted automatically to their allocated pen.

Select sort criteria: (for example) CHX Heifer Calf over 450kg, Exit Gate 3.

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Animal enters the Stockman crate. RFID tag data cross-references the criteria in the Stockman App.

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Animal exits allocated gate.

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Animals are sorted automatically to their allocated pen.

Select sort criteria: (for example) SAX/SMX Heifer Calf that will be over 16 months in May 2020, Exit Gate 3.

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Animal enters the Stockman crate. RFID tag data cross-references the criteria in the Stockman App.

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Animal exits allocated gate.

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Animals are sorted automatically to their allocated pen.