Independent vet and lameness expert, Dr Nick Bell believes lying time information collected by automated recording technology has huge scope to benefit management on-farm. “I think it’s been a key performance indicator we’ve been needing to measure and quantify, that has been very difficult to do up until this point. Lying time measurements allow you to spot day-to-day factors that are influencing cow time budgets. You can start to identify reasons for compromised lying time and make management changes,” he says. Lying times, in particular, can give a good indication of how well a shed is performing. For example, heat stress is linked to reduced lying times, as cows stand to dissipate heat.