1989 - Volume #13, Issue #3, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Cow monitor sends signal at birth
The "Agrimonitor" consists of a sender unit that straps onto the back of the cow with two leather straps. For the fist 4 to 6 hours after the unit is attached, it establishes base line parameters of muscle activity. After that, all future movement is judged in relation to the base line movement to determine when calving time is near. When muscle activity increases, the unit sends a warning signal to a receiver in the house, activating an emergency warning signal and a flashing light.
Each receiving unit can monitor up to 8 sending units. "You don't have to continually make inspections during calving season. The sending unit is so sensitive it lets you know when labor has started even be-fore it's visible to the eye. The sensors are completely external and cause no distress to the animals," a company representative told FARM SHOW.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Agritronics S.A., 17 rue du Village, B-5854 Meax-La-Bruyere, Belgium (ph 32 81 56 78 58).
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