World's First Cow Control Using Artificial Intelligence
Gatekeeper by Moover is an advanced Artificial Intelligence System that automatically manages your crowd/backing gate movements using live imaging, to optimise cow flow into your dairy parlor/shed.
Speed up your milking times – better for your cows and your people
Help control the biggest contributor to lameness
Lower operating costs
Improve cow flow – calm cows are happy cows
Eliminate backing gate pressure on cows
Smarter use of your people
Reduce stress on your cows and your people
Gatekeeper is a brain. It does the thinking and acting for you and your people. The Artificial Intelligence continues to learn everyday in an ever-changing environment.
Easy to install
You can take back control at any time
Automate your yard wash
Position your backing gate for start up
Regular improvements and updates
"Gatekeeper speeds up milking times and reduces stress on cows. This has a flow on effect throughout the dairy process."
Richard Appleby, Inventor and CEO, Moover
Calm cows and calm people for better milking
Gatekeeper, developed by Moover Limited, is an advanced Artificial Intelligence system to control backing gates on dairy farms. Live imaging of the yard is used to optimise backing gate movements that gently direct the cows to flow into the milking shed. Gatekeeper looks for gaps in the yard and opportunities to progress the backing gate without forcing the cows against their will.
Summit Farm is an early adopter of Gatekeeper. Cam Henderson, the farm owner, saw the value and benefits of technology that saves time and money, is easy on the cows and reduces the load on his workers.
Cam loves technology, the farm has solar panels with Kea Energy, fertigation and pivot control with Onfarm Data, Allflex cow collars for herd management and now backing gate control with Gatekeeper by Moover.
Cam outlines his reasoning for installing the Gatekeeper system. “I'm one of those people that like to be at the leading edge with technology and the Gatekeeper concept really fitted with the ethos of the farm. Animal welfare is important to me. Yard management contributes to cow stress levels. Having consistency with the backing gate is really important when there are different people using it day to day. Happy cows lead to better production, better health outcomes, less lameness, less stress leading to other things like mastitis so less treatment costs and monetary bonuses when the Somatic Cell Count is below the threshold.”
Steve Overend has been the Contract Milker at Summit Farm for two seasons, starting just after Gatekeeper was installed. Steve explains how it feels using Gatekeeper to control his backing gate: -
“The best thing for me is the relaxed vibe in the shed during milking. Stress free cows are critical to a profitable operation. Cows get stressed when the people handling them are stressed. So stress free people are important too.”
When backing gates push cows against their will it contributes to white line disease, a debilitating hoof condition causing lameness. Steve reports a lower incidence of lameness in the herd since using Moover and implementing a number of new herd management initiatives. “Definitely a lot less lameness this year than last year even with the wetter season this year, and it’s not only about how long the cows are on concrete it’s also about cow flow from the paddock to the shed. Relaxed cows flow better."
Steve finds Moover helps reduce staff training costs. “When we do have a new person milking I don’t even mention the backing gate. When you’re milking it just does its thing and the cows know what to expect every day”
Contact us to see how Gatekeeper can benefit your farm.