OMAFRA and Cattle Scan
are looking for dairy farms for Cow Health Monitoring Project.
Animal health is a major driver of productivity in the dairy sector, with losses in the millions of dollars due to health-related events and mortality. Currently, most farmers and herd managers monitor individual cows and the whole herd using mainly visual inspection. However, by the time visual symptoms are present, the disease has usually progressed to a point where a higher level of treatment and medical intervention is required.
There is an opportunity for farmers to use new technology to help identify sick animals sooner, reducing the use of antibiotics, premature culling, and overall production losses.
Cattle Scan is an Ontario-based company that has developed an affordable livestock monitoring system that tracks critical health (temperature) and behavior parameters (water/feed intake) of individual cows and of an entire herd in real-time using a sensor located inside the cow's reticulorumen. The system is easy to integrate into any existing technology you may have on your farm. The system allows remote tracking on a 24/7 basis and can identify a sick animal 2-3 days prior to when visual symptoms appear, immediately sending a “health alert” to the herd manager.
Here is what our clients say about the Cattle Scan System:
The project will start in 2021 and will last for one year. During the project, a group of selected dairy farmers will use Cattle Scan to track events and receive recommendations from an expert group on how to improve protocols and increase profitability on their farms. The expert group will consist of bovine partitionists and academics from the University of Guelph, as well as other industry experts.
What's in it for you?
Identify and treat sick animals sooner
Early health detection alerts on individual cows
Reduce antibiotic use and premature culling
Early calving detection
Increase farm profitability by working closely with an expert group of bovine partitionists and academics
Receive recommendations from an expert group on how to improve protocols
Discounted price for the Cattle Scan system
How the Cattle Scan System works:
The bolus is inserted into the animal at the earliest opportunity. Once inside the cow, the bolus starts transmitting readings to receivers, installed in the building, that transmit the data to an on-site computer where the temperature, animal identification, date and time can be viewed and are recorded.