Cool-Cows

QUESTIONNAIRE

Cool-Cows Solutions

GENERAL INFORMATION: please insert an X in applicable boxes:

Farm location (country, region)
Cows breed (s)
Number of milking cows
Replacement heifers
Type of management grazing    confinement
Average per cow average annual milk production (liters)
 
 
SPECIFIC INFORMATION - related to summer conditions and effect on the cows:
 
 
1. Days of "real summer" per year (stressful symptoms by the cows)
 
 
2. Symptoms observed on cows in the summer:
2.1 Increased breathing frequency YES    NO
2.2 Reduced general activity YES    NO
2.3 Cows stop/reduce ruminating YES    NO
2.4 Cows tend to be crowded YES    NO
2.5 Cows reduce their consumption YES    NO
If YES, what is the rate of decline (%)
2.6 Cows increase water consumption YES    NO
If YES, what is the rate of increase (%)
2.7 Decrease in daily milk production per cow YES    NO
If YES, what is the rate of decrease (%)
2.8 Decrease in milk fat content YES    NO
2.9 Decrease in conception rate of milking cows YES    NO
If YES, give summer (%)
If YES, give winter (%)
Replacement heifers
F/C heifers
Adult cows
 
 
3. Cooling cows in the summer YES    NO
 
 
4. In the event of cooling the cows, please describe how and where:
Holding pen YES    NO
Feed line YES    NO
Rest area YES    NO
Other area/s
 
 
5. MILKING DATA:
Number of milking groups
Size of the largest milking group
Milk sessions per day
Hours of starting each milking session
Duration of each milking session (hours)
washing cows' udders before milking YES    NO
Waiting yard data (in square meters)
Length
Width
Height
Is waiting yard shaded YES    NO
If YES, with what material?
What is the largest distance your cows must walk for being milked (in meters)?
 
 
6. FEEDING DATA (related to milking cows):
Do you feed TMR YES    NO
Times per day feed is distribute to the cows in the summer
Rate of decline in daily DM consumption per cow in the summer (%)
 
 
7. HOUSING DATA:
Housing type (Free stall/ loose stall /tie stall)?
Roof height(low/high )?
Barn orientation (South/ North, East / West, other)?
Barn orientation (South/ North, East / West, other)?
Water troughs in the milking cattle barn:
Number of troughs
Availability per cow (cm/cow)
Depth of troughs (cm)
Is your feed line shaded? YES    NO
Is the feed line with or without "lockers"?
 
 
8. SUMMER CONDITIONS:
Temperatures oC (min…. / max …)
Relative humidity, % (min …. / max …..)
 
 
9. COOLING MEANS:
9-1 – Cooling in the waiting yard
Wetting the cows from above in the waiting yard YES    NO
Using fans in the waiting yard/td> YES    NO
If YES,:
Number of fans
Diameter of fans (cm)
Distance between fans in row (meters)
Distance between fans in line (meters)
Wind velocity inside the yard (meters/seconds)
In the event cows are cooled in the waiting yard by combining wetting & forced ventilation, what is the duration of the each:
Wetting session (Seconds)
Ventilation session (minutes)
In case cows are cooled in the waiting yard, is it only before milking or also between milking sessions
If between milking - times per day
duration of treatment
 
 
9-2 – Cooling in the feed line:
Wetting in feed line YES    NO
Fans in feed line YES    NO
If YES,:
Number of fans per line
Fans diameter (cm)
Distance between fans (meters)
Wind velocity (m/sec)
In cows are cooled in the feed line by combining wetting and forced ventilation,:
what is the duration of the wetting session (Seconds)
what is the duration of the Ventilation session (continue of minutes)
In cows are cooled in the feed line between milking sessions, how many times per day
If cooling cows in the feed line, what is the duration of the cooling period? (min)
 
 
9- 3 – Cooling in the rest area:
Do you have fans in the rest area? YES    NO
If YES,:
Number of fans
Diameter of fans
Distance between fans in row (meters)
Distance between fans in line (meters)
 
 
10. Prices (in US$)
Cost of 1 kg DM of milking cows ration
Farm Gate milk price
Cost of 1 KW electric power
Day salary of a "non professional" worker