Censortec & Alfco Farm Services

A new partnership between Censortec Ireland and Alfco Farm Services will bring together the expertise and technology of two of Ireland’s industry leaders.

The two companies have built their reputations on providing technological solutions that make life easier for dairy farmers, through Censortec’s Nedap Cow Control heat detection and animal health monitoring system and Alfco’s drafting gate systems.

“You’re getting the global leader in heat detection and health monitoring systems partnered with the Irish leader in drafting gate systems. The farmer gets the benefit of the two systems and the benefit of expertise in support for the two systems,” says Donagh Crowley of Censortec.

“The companies have one very similar approach – it’s all about the farmer. We concentrate on supporting and continuously improving the farmer’s experience in using Censortec Nedap Control and Kieran and Alfco have the very same approach when it comes to their products.”

“The partnership technically combines the two products, creating a solution that allows farmers to work more accurately and safely and maximise efficiency and profitability of the farm.

“Heat and health attentions and alerts from the Censortec system are seamlessly integrated and connected to the Alfco drafting app. This saves farmers an enormous amount of time and labour, as tasks associated with visual heat detection and health monitoring as well as manual drafting are now fully automated and integrated.”

Alfco Drafting System Features:

  • Fully functional mobile App Full integration with CENSORTEC Animal Monitoring

  • Works with EID Tags

  • Two or Three way Drafting

  • Cows can be divided into 8 groups
  • Cows can be preselected into a group for treatment at a future date. EG: Hoof pairing
  • Cows can be selected into a group and remain in that group until their number is cancelled
  • Cows can be included in multiple groups and will be drafted into whichever group is selected
  • Cows without tags can be selected and separated from cows with tags
  • Double Antenna guarantees 99.9% Tag read rate
  • Cow count function at each milking
  • Keypad as standard in Pit
  • Manual button as standard for Drafting cows with no Tags
  • Remote Control (Optional)
  • Cows Drafted through a non – return gate, these gates do not allow her to return through the Drafting chute
Alfco Farm Services

Kieran Kerrigan of Alfco farming services said the partnership was a good fit that would bring together two complementary systems to increase farm efficiency.

“Censortec would be the market leaders in heat detection and health monitoring so when we went out to look for a partner, we saw Censortec as the people to go with” adds Kieran.

“They’re experts in the field of heat detection and we like to think we’re experts in the field of drafting gates. The farmer is getting the latest, most up to date way of carrying out their tasks.”

Censortec Nedap Cow Control tracks the heats of cows and provides health monitoring 24 hours a day through the Smarttag Neck Collar. It transfers all the data in real time, so you can easily access it on a phone, tablet or computer. This data is now being transferred to the Alfco drafting systems, which conveniently drafts any animals on heat attention.

Censortec Nedap Cow Control removes the need for tail painting, cow watching and other labour-intensive activities while increasing accuracy and making high submission rates a realistic target for dairy farmers. It aims to make the farm a safer place with regards the reduction in bulls and now the availability of auto drafting with the ALFCO Drafting System.

To learn more about heat detection with activity monitoring systems, visit https://www.censortec.com/ or contact them on 086 8592968. For information on the Alfco Drafting Gate, contact Kieran on 087 2583952.