by Jordan Molloy Grassland Consultant

 

The Grazeway Gate is a selection gate. It installed at the exit point of the shed – it is the only way possible for a cow to exit the shed. The Grazeway Gate identifies each cow through her responder. There are three options possible when a cow enters the gate:

  1. She is returned to the shed as she is due for milking and will not be allowed exit until she does so.
  2. She is allowed access to a paddock.
  3. She is routed into a separation room.

The paddock she enters depends on the time of day. For example, the times may be as follows:

Paddock A from 8am – 4pm

Paddock B from 4pm – 12am

Paddock C from 12am – 8am

Cows quickly learn these times and settle into a routine. Cows that are milked 3 times a day will enter all ABC paddocks. Cows that are milked between 2-2.5 times a day may ‘skip’ a paddock, depending on her milk times. Each cow will have a completely different and independent milking routine. The cows are not relying on each other to get milked compared to a herd in a conventional system.

 

 


 

jordanJordan Molloy – Grazing Consultant,  @Jordanmolloy22

“I teach farmers how to measure grass and the discipline needed to do weekly farm walks. I show them how to input their data onto Agrinet and how to understand the grass wedge. Each week presents a different scenario on the farm so it’s crucial that the farmer can interpret the data in order to make informed decisions. Grasstec consultants are available in Ireland and the UK.”

Contact Jordan 

T: +353 (0)87 7925511         E: jmolloy@grasstecgroup.com        W: www.grasstecgroup.com