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How to use the Health Task and Report 10

As information can change over time, If you read this outside of 6 months from the original post date, please confirm with your WCR advisor that the information is still valid and accurate.


Prevention is the best cure. Lely Horizon collects and analyses data from various sensors to detect early signs of illness in cows and presents it in an easy-to-understand format. This helps the farmer make the right decisions at an early stage. The "sick chance" percentage also helps with automatic routing. Think of it as a red flag when a cow needs attention. We recommend checking this task as part of the daily routine. The strength of this task lies in the combination of data to base decisions on. Therefore, it is not recommended to base the diagnosis of sick cows on the output of one sensor


How to Use the Health task


The Health task is a standard feature that uses sensor data to calculate a "sick chance" for each cow. It then displays a list of cows that exceed the default sick chance threshold of 10. The sick chance indicates how likely a cow is to be unwell, ranging from 0 to 100. Unusual values are visible for each cow, along with a severity indicator.


The health task is a balance, one indicator can be negative, but that does not mean a cow is sick.


If a cow has already been assigned to treatment, a first-aid icon is visible. The arrows in the sick chance bar means:

  • Up arrow (5% increase): The cow's sick chance is 5% higher than the highest in the past 24 hours.

  • Down arrow (5% decrease): The cow's sick chance is 5% below the average of the past 24 hours.

The "NEW" icon means:

  • The sick chance in the last 14 days is lower than the threshold you set (excluding the last 24 hours).

  • The cow is not currently receiving treatment.

The farmer can give a cow a treatment by clicking on the three dots and selecting "Health treatment." It is important to choose the right treatment based on the cow's condition.


Good to know

  • Milking data refer only to cows "in production".

  • Cows below 60 days old need extra attention as they are more vulnerable.

  • Cows older than 200 days after insemination need less attention.

  • Cows with heat or insemination events receive less attention because they can affect values.

  • Young and dry cows receive less attention because there is less data available, but they are still included.

Health task/Report Parameters

To avoid false alarms, we correct the values for herd-wide changes in milk drop, temperature, and eating time.

The parameters used in the health report are:

  • Milk Drop (Kg)

  • Weight Trend and Total Weight Loss

  • Activity & Inactivity

  • Acute Inactivity

  • Conductivity

  • Chronic Conductivity

  • Temperature

  • Time Away

  • SCC (Somatic Cell Count) Indication

  • Fat to Protein Ratio

  • MQC (Milk Quality Control) color: Watery, Mastitis, Blood, Abnormal

  • Milk Trend

  • Feed Rest Percentage


The Cattle Health Monitor makes it easy for farmers to keep their cows healthy and take action when needed. It is the ally for herd well-being. Since in the health report includes the above parameters, it is not recommended to diagnose sick cows based on a single parameter.


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