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Nils Henrik and Anna Eriksson at Rogsta farm are constantly striving to get better. Not least on animal health. There, KetosKoll from Agricam is a tool that makes it possible to detect cows that are at risk of getting ketosis. 

LJUSTORP We are in Medelpad. More specifically on Rogsta farm in Ljustorp, which belongs to Timrå municipality. The surroundings are magnificent, with rolling hills and mountains as a setting. Rogsta gård AB is a family farm. 
Nils Henrik Eriksson and his siblings took over in 2006 and it is he and his wife Anna who run the farm itself. 

Personalrummet på Rogsta gård.

The barn is modern, which is not least noticeable in the staff room.

We meet in the staff room in the barn, with panoramic windows facing the ground. It is fresh, airy and a small crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling. 

They took the new barn into use two years ago. 140 yearlings are milked by two robots. They planned the barn as practical as possible. 
- We built so that the cows, based on which group they are in, will get the right food, says Nils Henrik.
 

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When you can detect any problems early, it can mean that you do not get cold
out vet

It is Anna who is mostly in the barn and keeps track of the animals, but they decide together. They have used  KetosKoll from Agricam  for about 1.5 years.  

 
They are satisfied, think that the tool is an excellent tool in animal health work. Since you can discover at an early stage if a cow is in the danger zone to get ketosis, it is possible to "boost up" in terms of feed, as Nils Henrik puts it, and break the trend.
 
- When you can detect any problems early, it can mean that you do not have to call a veterinarian.
 
- What I like about KetosKoll is that you get your eyes open early for the cows that are at risk of getting ketosis, Anna adds.
 

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Anna is responsible for the cows and thinks that KetosKoll is a help in the preventive animal health work.

Anna says that it was easy to learn the tool. And easy to use. 
- Then it will also be done! 
Nils Henrik points out that it has been much more awkward before. 
- Powder, tussles, we have been doing a lot. 
Anna takes mostly milk samples, but sometimes also blood samples. 

It has plant cultivation of about 250 hectares that is scattered in the area, which makes it a little difficult to work. 
- We have land down at coastal level and up to 120 meters above sea level, says Nils-Henrik.
 
What is grown goes into the business, to the cows.
 

Since 2015, the company is KRAV-certified, something that provides both well-being and challenges. Among other things, they must have a feed state that may not exceed 40 percent concentrate. The daily grazing intake for the dairy cows must be at least 6 kg tsp. 
- And they should be out most of the day during the grazing period.
 

The reason why they applied from the beginning was that the milk price was then low. There was also, according to Nils Henrik, a great desire for KRAV. 

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I like to keep track of the animals, want to see them every day.

They try not to work too hard, but it's hard. What they strive for is a balance, that the business rolls on and that things work. And it often does, but when you work with animals, of course things happen.  

According to both of them, there is no doubt that the digitalisation of agriculture will continue. And when it comes to new tools that allow you as a farmer to save time, then they are interested, because, as I said, it is often many hours of work a week.  

 

How do you think the animal health work will change for you dairy farmers in the future? 
- We believe that the preventive work can be developed more and that ViLa is expanded.
 

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Anna works a lot with animal health and believes that this is an area that must always be prioritized.