MooCall, the Irish Agri-tech giants, have released a new fertility collar for bulls, Moocall HEAT, to help identify any fertility problems much earlier.
The invention is set to save farmers a pretty penny, by reducing fertility issues and improving herd performance. This could mean that gone are the days of hoping your bull is fertile, only to be proven wrong come calving season.
MooCall says the invention can help identify, much earlier, whether an animal is cycling or not or if a bull has become lame, which affects their fertility. Poor fertility is very costly, as it increases the interval between calvings meaning fewer calves a year. It then leads to animals being culled.
How it works:
The product, which will be launched by next year, uses an electronic collar on the bull to interact with cows when they are close by on a regular occasion. This is put down as bulling time by the collar, with an alert automatically sent to your phone via text or the APP. Good news for those who refuse to use a smartphone, the system can work with any phone and can even work efficiently in areas of little to no signal. The device monitors the bulls behaviour and his interaction with cows and boasts a 98% accuracy.
The collar can detect the proximity of a bull to the nearest cow, whether mounting has taken place and the bulls activity when in close proximity to a cow. This not only helps farmers, who are using a vasectomised bull, with herd synchronisation and regulate calving dates.
What it can do:
- the exact time cows or heifers are in heat;
- whether a cow or heifer repeats;
- due dates and when you can assume they are in-calf;
- bull health (mobility, virility & fertility);
- cow fertility over time.
- identify empty cows quicker
Battery on the collar can last up to 8weeks, with a five-hour charging time enabling a further month of use. The tags used meanwhile, do not need any batteries whatsoever.
Could this save farmers thousands in the long run? It sure is a good idea regardless!