Automatic gate timers

The daily task of fetching cows for milking and opening gates to new paddocks can be a repetitive and mundane task. Automatic gate timers release the gate through a latch mechanism, but can only open gates, not close them. However, automatic gate timers may allow the voluntary movement of cows to the dairy with potential improvements in labour efficiency and cow lameness.

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Adoption of new technologies: Automatic gate timers (PDF, 598KB)

Prepared by Matthew Reynolds, Project Officer at the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary industries. This fact sheet describes how automatic gate timers work and the implications of installing and using this technology. In addition, Matthew has examined the benefit:cost of this technology.