Vat-Man: Milk Vat Monitoring Made Easy

Vat-Man is the FREE Milk Monitoring Solution for Fonterra Farmers that can also upgrade to include as much as or little as you need to help with compliance on your farm:

  • Proven Water Monitoring
  • Proven Effluent Monitoring
  • Proven Soil Monitoring
  • Proven Weather Monitoring
  • Farm Asset Tracking

Click here to register for Vat-Man with Fonterra

Vat-Man is the MVMS that gives you more

  • More text alerts and unlimited email alerts.
  • More users = less risk.
  • More control. Define and customise more settings.
  • More support. Vat-Man is the only free Fonterra approved MVMS backed up by a nationwide team of milk cooling and milk quality experts. 

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Vat-Man features overview

We offer three tiers of monitoring: Vat-Man Lite, Vat-Man Pro and Vat-Man Auto:

Features Vat-Man Lite Vat-Man Pro Vat-Man Auto
Milk Volume      
Milk Temperature      
Plate cooler - inlet milk temperature      
Plate cooler - inlet water temperature      
Agitator status      
Agitator temperature      
Agitator health      
Power Outages      
Pre-Cooling Refrigeration      
Vat Refrigeration - Post Cooling      
Auto Refrigeration control      
Auto Agitation control      
E-mail alerts      
Text message alerts/month 60 120 120
Users per farm 3 Unlimited Unlimited
Multi-farm view      
Fonterra Subsidy Fully subsidised Partial Partial
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Here's How Vat-Man Milk Monitoring Works

Last year, Vat-Man saved Waikato farmer Mark Spooner $30k. This happened within the few months of his signing up for the service.

"As the farm owner, Vat-Man gives me peace of mind..." 

Read the full story here >>

Milk Vat Monitoring Case Study

Key Vat-Man Features

Manage Energy Consumption

Energy consumption makes up a large part of farms operating costs. Vat-Man can be customised to capture electricity consumption by device and by time. This information will provide the data to allow you to make decisions optimise your energy usage.

User Interfaces

  • Choose your setup for the milking pit, the office or off the farm.
  • Online customisable dashboard to see your key data in real-time 
  • Check on the performance of a particular piece of equipment on the vat or within the milk cooling system


You are able to set up alerts so you know when there is a problem. This means you can react quickly and minimise potential losses. You can also check on the vat system while milking with an in-shed display, highlighting milk volume and temperatures as well as the vat agitator status.


Vat-Man’s dedicated, secure cloud-based platform uses the Internet of Things to share key data with you, your on-farm staff or external consultants. By monitoring these assets, you can enjoy numerous benefits:

  • Milk temperature measurement to ensure regulations are met.
  • Real-time milk volume measurement.
  • Proactive alerts on key equipment that mitigates the risk of catastrophic failures.

Vat-Man Lite

This Fonterra approved entry level milk Milk Vat Monitoring System reports on: 

  • Vat Milk Volume – using an accurate top down volume sensor
  • Milk Temperature – it tracks both milk inlet temperature and vat milk temperature
  • Agitator status – Vat-Man will monitor whether the milk agitator is on or off


Vat-Man will alert you by text and e-mail for:

  • Power outages
  • Vat volume: level too high
  • Milk out of the plate: too warm
  • Agitator not running
  • Milk in the vat: too warm or too cold

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Features & Benefits

With Vat-Man Lite, you get:

  • Unlimited e-mail alerts
  • Up to 3 users per farm
  • 60 Text message alerts per month

Vat-Man Pro

The Vat-Man Pro package takes vat management to the next level by alerting you to potential equipment failures or inefficiencies.

Agitator health

The agitator is a key part of milk health. Vat-Man Pro will monitor motor temperature and vibration and sends you an alert when these change above normal parameters which means that the agitator is not performing to its optimum and may be about to fail!

Plate cooler effectiveness

Vat-Man Pro will monitor the water inlet and outlet temperatures as well as the milk inlet temperature.

Pre-cooling refrigeration effectiveness

Vat-Man Pro Monitors:

  • Compressor in/out temperature
  • Ambient air temperature
  • Compressor current draw
  • Ice/water storage temperature
  • Compressor motor vibration and temperature

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Milk Vat refrigeration (Post-cooling)


  • Compressor in/out temperature
  • Ambient air Temp
  • Compressor current draw
  • Compressor motor vibration and temperature

Added Features & Benefits

Vat-Man Pro also offers:

  • Advanced Alerts
  • A multi-farm view
  • Unlimited Users per farm
  • 120 Text message alerts per month

Vat-Man Auto

Vat-Man Auto provides peace of mind with the special feature of Auto Refrigeration & Agitator off/on control.

It does this in addition to all the functionality of Vat-Man Pro. 

Auto Refrigeration & Agitator control will automatically turn on the vat refrigeration and agitator once the milk volume in the vat meets minimal threshold as specified by you.  This is measured and triggered automatically by the volume sensor.

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The refrigeration off functionality activates automatically depending on vat temperature measured. 

Temperature settings are controlled via a threshold set by you and is measured by a temperature probe within the vat pocket.