DELAVAL - Herd Navigator (2010) - 2 stars
Herd Navigator™ is a real onboard lab to the farm. Designed to be used in parlours or with the DELAVAL
Voluntary Milking System (VMS), it includes three interlinked modules supported by a data analysis system. The
three modules are the following:
• The sampler unit (S, in order to sample specifically milk extracted from each milked cow, either the VMS
sampler or one sampler on each milking point in the parlour.
• The sampler intake unit (SI, once the sampling of a cow is completed, some milk is transported to the sampler
intake (medium module) before it is sent to the analysis instrument.
• The analysis instrument (AI), as its name implies, this module is going to process all the samples.
The analysis instrument examines the milk samples for the different substances: progesterone (reproduction),
Lactate Deshydrogenase (LDH - Mastitis), Urea and Beta Hydroxy Butyrate (BHB - Feeding balance).
All the data are processed via a Biomodel: this specifically developed, advanced biological and statistical
software, the «Biomodel», will set the risk for diseases and the reproduction status for the cows and thus,
will help the dairy farmer to take decisions via the specific alerts. This Biomodel is also designed to perform
automatically the sampling and analysis processes on the herd (frequency by cow, by milking...), based on the
Point of view of the jury: a real decision support instrument