Halter's solar powered band uses audio and vibration cues to direct cows, enabling farmers to shift, manage and monitor their herd using an app.
Farming powered by technology. Managed by you.
Technology for a smarter farm
We provide a herd management and virtual fence solution that reduces a complex and time-consuming job to just a few swipes of a screen.
Our custom-developed neck band, or Hoop, is solar powered and GPS-enabled. It uses audio cues to direct cows to stay within a predefined (and alterable) perimeter, or guide them to a set location.
Our team of farmers and leading tech developers have created Helm, an app that uses our unique “Cowgorithm” technologies. It will give you valuable insights and real time data to help you make informed decisions.
Control. Of your herd, your farm and your life.
Take back your day
Halter enables you to move your cows automatically without you needing to walk behind them for hours. Imagine getting an extra hour of sleep and meeting the cows at the milk shed, or setting up a break fence in seconds, or drafting a lame cow without leaving the house. Instead of walking behind, you can spend your time on things that matter most on the farm.
Increase milk production
Since farming started profitability has been constrained by labour. This means that farmers have settled for sub-optimal grazing techniques. Through the use of Halter’s technology we can allow you to treat each cow as an individual animal rather than part of a herd, so you can ensure each cow is receiving the optimal amount of feed and can drastically increase milk production.
Protect our environment
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful world and at Halter we want to keep it that way. We know farmers don’t want to hurt the environment but being compliant is a tough and on-going exercise. By having the ability to adjust boundaries and monitor every cow's position we can make it much easier to look after your patch of the world and minimise the adverse effects on the environment.
Keep cows healthy
Healthier cows are the goal - we know that if the cows are happy, farmers are happy. Halter puts you on the front foot, alerting you if a cow is lame, calving or on heat. We ensure that cows are kept away from waterways and keep tabs on all their vital health indicators to ensure they aren’t stressed. By monitoring the cows and keeping them happy we can prevent undue losses or injury to your herd.
Developed for farmers by farmers
Here's how Halter works on the farm:
Halter automatically brings the main herd to the cow shed for milking at 4:20am every morning.
After milking, the herd is shifted to paddock 03 without you walking behind them.
Instead of heading out in the rain, you can setup break fences from the comfort of the couch.
You receive an alert that cow 31 is walking slower than usual and hasn't been as active as normal.
You agree to reroute her so she's nearby when you're available to check her health.
Halter establishes boundaries around waterways which means you don't have to worry about fences.
In 2016, our team set out to create the future of farming.
We’re committed to reducing the intensive hours farmers work, supporting farmers to meet growing global food demand, enhancing animal welfare and protecting our environment.
Our team come from diverse backgrounds - we have worked on race cars, at NASA and on elite sports technology, but our roots are on the farm. Because we’ve walked in your shoes, we feel a sense of responsibility to provide something that makes a genuine impact on lives.
Halter’s head office is in Auckland, New Zealand. The company has a research farm in Morrinsville, Waikato. Halter is backed by Rocket Lab CEO, Peter Beck, and Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1, Tuhua Ventures and Promus Capital.
Board of Directors
CEO & Founder
CEO, Rocket Lab
Managing Partner, Promus Ventures
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you use shock?
Yes, we use a small amount of shock as a training tool. Within an hour, the average cow understands audio cues and the shock is no longer required. The shock is less than that of an electric fence. We love our cows and improving their well-being is the priority in everything that we do.
Are you signing pilot farms?
Yes, we are. Fill in the form here to apply to join the Halter pilot farm programme.
How strong is the pulse?
The pulse is a quarter of that of an electric fence - directing the cow back to the set perimeter. This pulse is only used as a training tool until the cow responds to audio cues.
Do you plan to integrate with other systems?
Yes, we believe this is fundamentally important and are looking at how we can work with existing farm systems, technologies and tools.
Is Halter available outside of New Zealand?
We have a global vision and are taking international pre orders ahead of roll-out in North and South America, Australia and Europe.
What does it cost?
Halter is a subscription service. A lot of farmers have told us they’re tired of running old hardware that won’t sync with new software. We own and care for the Halter Hoops - you just pay for the app. Give us a call to discuss a pricing plan for your farm.
When will Halter be commercially available?
We’ve started on pilot farms in New Zealand and would encourage you to sign-up quickly as there is a queue forming.