Cow Signals Training

15 Mar 2016

Cow Signals Training

Three Counties Team embark on Cow Signals Training.

Recently the Three Counties Feeds team met at St Ingunger Farm, Bodmin, home of Steven and Karen Kendall for a Cow Signals training day conducted by our own Cow Signal Certified Trainers, Andy Hawken and Ian Boundy.

Cows send out signals continuously about their health, well-being, nutrition, and production. The challenge for the dairy farmer is how to interpret these signals and use them. The Cow Signals concept is aimed at allowing the farmer and their staff the opportunity to identify and interpret the behaviour, posture and physical characteristics of groups of cows and individual animals.

The morning consisted of a presentation that allowed the team and the Kendall’s to understand the theory and principles of Cow Signals, which included lots of group discussion about the Cow Signals Concept and how to put the theory into practice.

The afternoon was a little more hands on, this included getting amongst the cows and assessing the environment which they are in and seeing if the freedoms of the pasture are transferred into their winter housing. After this another group discussion about our findings, then some points which could be taken on-board by the farmer which will benefit him in animal health and profitability.

After the day Mr Kendall was very impressed and pleased with the findings and the suggestions of how we could help improve cow comfort and performance on his farm.

If you would like more information on Cow Signals, or would like to arrange an on farm training day with the Three Counties Certified Cow Signals trainers, please contact you nutritionist, or the Three Counties Office on 01884 256256.