Remote calving alert for beef cattle – Technology Development (Phase 3)

Cyril Stephen, Scott Norman, David Swain, Don Menzies, Nick Corbett, Kym Patison

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Abstract

This project developed a remote calving alert device, integrating Taggle electronic technology into intravaginal prototypes developed earlier. The final prototype was deployed and tested for its ability to remain in-situ during gestation, and detect time and location of calving. Further upgrades were made to improve signal transmission and reception in phase 3.

This intravaginal device can be retained in the vagina of pregnant cows for at least 6 months without interfering with cow health or gestation and this is a 'world first' result. Increasing signal strength and antennae sensitivity should overcome signal detection interference associated with long grass and vegetation and it has great potential to be a valuable tool for investigating calf losses. This value will be enhanced if coupled with maternal movement behaviour monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNorth Sydney, NSW
PublisherMeat and Livestock Australia
Commissioning bodyMeat & Livestock Australia Limited
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018

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