Introducing the Tailpainter

There’s a saying that goes “Necessity is the mother of invention”. It means that a truly original product will only be created when there’s a need for it- and with Tailpainter, we have made that original product born out of necessity. 


Heat detection is a critical part of being a successful farmer. Did you know that, according to dairy experts, missing a heat can cost a farmer up to €250? And if you didn’t, then you surely know how important it is to the modern farmer to keep expenses like that in check. And while there are many ways you can detect heat and keep an eye on your herd, one of the most popular ways of doing it is tail painting.


By laying a thin strip of paint along the back of a cow, farmers are able to see if a cow has been mounted by others in the herd by looking to see if the applied paint has been smeared. As soon as you’ve noticed the paint’s been disturbed, it’s a good sign that the cow’s ready to be artificially inseminated, and you can keep your profits moving.


But while tail painting is popular way to detect heat in cows,  it can be messy. It can be tough to get close enough to the cattle to apply the paint properly, let alone safely- and because application is rarely an exact science, it so often relies heavily on guesswork. However, our tool is the perfect solution. By using our gravity-based technology, the Tailpainter can extend out to apply paint to your cattle in a matter of seconds, getting the job done quickly, cleanly and safely. 


How does it work? The Tailpainter uses a roller based system attached to an extendable handle that can be fixed into three different configurations that will easily suit your needs. You can use the Tailpainter to apply paint to your cows while feeding, while milking, or while in the crush. By simply rolling the brush up and down their backsides for a few seconds, you’ll get a thin, consistent line in the optimal places to ensure heat detection is more accurate. And all of this takes only a few seconds, so you’re saving time that can be used on any of the other jobs you might have around the farm.