Trailside Holsteins

Trailside Holsteins

“To be able to look up any cow, at any time, on my phone and make decisions about her in real time when I am at cow side or at home has been very beneficial to me.”

In 2015, Trailside (Fountain, MN) was considering hiring a herdsperson to monitor herd health because there just weren’t enough hours in a day to do a good job. They purchased CowManager instead. Mike Johnson notes, “To be able to look up any cow, at any time, on my phone and make decisions about her in real time when I am at cow side or at home has been very beneficial to me.” After purchasing CowManager, Trailside caught more cows in heat after the VWP, reduced the number of shots they were giving, bred more cows right after the VWP and at the optimal time, and eliminated tail chalking. Mike also notes that with CowManager they are catching more cows in heat at 19-22 days since last heat. Mike believes that using the Health Module in conjunction with the Fertility Module to confirm heats is one of the “biggest benefits” of CowManager. He adds, “With CowManager, early detection of mastitis, fresh cow illnesses and subclinical respiratory infections has been substantial. I am definitely catching the majority of sick cows earlier. In most cases, there is a faster recovery and the cows bounce back sooner.”

Mike Johnson – Trailside Holsteins LLC, Fountain, MN