Thursday 01 November 2012
Pharvet (Ireland) Ltd won the silver award for innovation at last Saturday’s National Dairy Show in Millstreet.
The company’s Vel’Phone calving detection and HeatPhone heat detection both use Medria sensors to monitor calving and for heat detection.
The Vel’Phone sensor is placed in the cow’s vagina up to 10 days before the expected calving time.
It measures the temperature every minute.
Temperature rises 48 hours before calving, at which time the sensor will send a message to the herdowner’s phone.
At the start of calving, when the water bag pushes out the sensor, the resulting change of temperature will cause another alert to be sent to the herdowner’s phone.
A HeatPhone collar monitors cow movement and cud chewing, for a 95% reliable detection of peak heat, at the start of the 12 to 18 hours optimal period for insemination or mating.
HeatPhone also keeps the herdowner informed by mobile phone, while also keeping a record of the cow’s heat cycles, which can be accessed over the internet by computer or smartphone.
Pharvet has the exclusive distribution in Ireland south and north for the Vel’Phone and HeatPhone.
The innovation competition at the National Dairy Show was open to any new product or service relevant to dairy farming, and launched in the past 12 months.
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