BRIEF HISTORY OF COWSIGNS®
CowSigns was designed to correlate the affects of the environment on the reproductive performance of the cow.
As a provider of world-class genetics, ABS understands you can not only get cows pregnant through the use of
genetics, but also through providing the proper environment.
Illustrated by the chart below, over 90% of the reproductive results come
through proper management and nutrition. Hence, the use of tools like
CowSigns to exhibit how reproduction is being affected by the environment
is important to increase your dairy profitability.
COWSIGNS® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is the software available to? Depending on the market, ABS employees and representatives have access to use the CowSigns software on their customer dairies. Please find the contact information in the Contact Us tab to inquire about benefiting from CowSigns on your dairy.
How is the software utilized? CowSigns is software designed for handheld Pocket PC devices. These PDAs are brought cow-side on dairies and data is inputted with great ease. After data is inputted, reports can include historical and benchmarking results, which compares one dairy to the entire database, country or state.
RECENT NEWS REGARDING COWSIGNS®
11/10/08 - CowSigns Usage - We have reached a milestone in CowSigns,
over 35 users are currently monitoring and troubleshooting cow environment
in over 150 dairies throughout the United States, United Kingdom,
Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Italy and Iran.
11/6/08 - National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative (NDAWI) - The Initiative is a Coalition comprised of producers, dairy cooperatives, academia and allied industry, among others. The goal of the Initiative is to provide consumers with reassurance that dairy cattle are being cared for in an ethical manner. The Coalition has compiled principles and guidelines for dairy organizations completing on-farm well-being programs to perform their assessments, guaranteeing a higher standard of care. It is up to each producer and their processor or co-op to determine if an animal well-being program will be instituted on-farm(s).
ABS Global, Inc., an endorser of NDAWI, strongly believes in providing a proper
environment for dairy cattle because we know that comfortable,
healthy cows are profitable and live longer lives. For several years,
we have been working with our customers to maximize reproduction and milk production,
while concentrating on what the cow is telling us.
"Optimizing the cow environment is critical to every dairy,
as it will systemically affect the dairy. CowSigns will allow dairy teams to
monitor management changes that are instituted for the well-being of the cow,
permitting her to thrive," says Dr. Neil Michael, Director of ABS Global Technical Services.
For more information on the NDAWI, please go to the following URL, http://www.dairywellbeing.org/.