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Eight of the most popular heat detection monitors on the market compared

With a vast number of heat detection systems available on the market, picking the best one for you can be overwhelming.

 

Hannah Noble drills down into the details and special features of some of the most popular models available.


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AFIACT II

AFIACT II

Company: Afimilk

 

Transponder type: Leg sensor

 

Battery life: Five to seven years

 

Software: AfiFarm 5.3

 

Reading station required? Downloads via a parlour reader or wirelessly in the shed

 

Download frequency: Every 15 minutes

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Wi-Fi

 

Internet access required? No

 

Aerial range: Up to 500 metres

 

Transponder data memory: 60 days

 

Other alerts and add ons: Calving alert, crowding and bedding issues, rest, welfare and sick behaviour

 

Special features: Ability to sort and update records from phone. Integrates with Uniform and DairyComp305 and can be integrated with milk meters to provide mastitis, ketosis and digestive problem alerts

 

Warranty: Three years full warranty

 

Marketed by: Various UK dealers, contact Richard Hooson on richard@afimilk.com for more details

BREEDER TAG

BREEDER TAG

Company: Genus ABS

 

Transponder type: Front leg sensor

 

Battery life: Five years

 

Software: Breeder Tag System

 

Reading station required? No

 

Download frequency: Every few minutes depending on data

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Radio

 

Internet access required? No, but recommended

 

Aerial range: Over 700m

 

Transponder data memory: 12 hours

 

Other alerts and add ons: Activity increases, identification of cystic cows, pregnancy monitoring, health and welfare alerts, down cow alert, calving alert, lying time observations

 

Special features: Feed Face technology. Can be used for parlour ID and linked to shedding gates

 

Warranty: Full warranty of tags and system included in price

 

Marketed by: Genus ABS. For more information visit genusbreeding.co.uk

ICEQUBE

ICEQUBE

Company: Ice Robotics

 

Transponder type: Leg sensor

 

Battery life: Five to seven years

 

Software: CowAlert

 

Reading station required? Either trigger point on parlour or regular download via antenna

 

Download frequency: When cow passes trigger point or every two hours. Interval can be adjusted

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Radio

 

Internet access required? Yes

 

Aerial range: 30-35 metres

 

Transponder data memory: Four days

 

Other alerts and add ons: Advanced fertility monitoring, lying time analysis, early lameness detection, mobility monitoring, CowAlert programme for researchers

 

Special features: Optimisation for different breeds, conditions and climates, email and text alerts available, cloud-based data access, updates and new modules up to four times per year, support provided from IceRobotics

 

Warranty: Five-year warranty

 

Marketed by: Ice Robotics. Find out more at icerobotics.com

MOOMONITOR+

MOOMONITOR+

Company: Dairymaster

 

Transponder type: Neck collar

 

Battery life: Up to 10 years

 

Software: MooMonitor+ software

 

Reading station required? No

 

Download frequency: Every 15 minutes

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Radio transmission

 

Internet access required? Yes

 

Aerial range: Up to 2km externally and 600 metres internally

 

Transponder data memory: 48 hours

 

Other alerts and add ons: Health monitoring including eating, lying and rumination

 

Special features: Can be linked to Dairymaster Milk Manager and shedding gates, scan collar with smartphone to assign to a cow

 

Warranty: Five years, 100 per cent warranty

 

Marketed by: Dairymaster. Find out more at dairymaster.com

SENSEHUB

SENSEHUB

Company: Allflex

 

Transponder type: Eartag (eSenseFlex) or neck collar (cSenseFlex)

 

Battery life: eSenseFlex - three years, cSenseFlex - seven years

 

Software: SenseHub

 

Reading station required? No

 

Download frequency: Every 20 minutes

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Radio

 

Internet access required? Yes

 

Aerial range: 200 to 500 metres

 

Transponder data memory: 24-36 hours

 

Other alerts and add ons: Heath alerts for individual animals and groups, calving alert, nutrition monitoring, routine changes, heat stress alert, can be linked to shedding gates

 

Special features: Available for beef and dairy herds, four different data application levels. Data can be viewed on touch-screen panel, PC or mobile device, tutorials and technical manuals.

 

Warranty: eSenseFlex – 2.5 years cSenseFlex – up to five years

 

Marketed by: Various UK dealers. For more information, visit allflexsa.com

SILENT HERDSMAN

SILENT HERDSMAN

Company: Afimilk

 

Transponder type: Neck Collar

 

Battery life: Five to seven years

 

Software: Silent Herdsman

 

Reading station required? Data can be downloaded via a parlour reader or in the shed

 

Download frequency: Every 15 minutes

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Wi-Fi

 

Internet access required? No

 

Aerial range: Up to 500 metres

 

Transponder data memory: 60 days

 

Other alerts and add ons: Calving alert, crowding and bedding issues, rest, welfare and sick behaviour

 

Special features: Ability to sort and update records from phone. Integrates with Uniform and DairyComp305

 

Warranty: Three years full warranty

 

Marketed by: Various UK dealers, contact Richard Hooson on richard@afimilk.com for more details.

COWMANAGER

COWMANAGER

Company: CowManager

 

Transponder type: Eartag

 

Battery life: Guaranteed for five years

 

Software: CowManager

 

Reading station required? No

 

Download frequency: Every 15 minutes

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Via a closed network

 

Internet access required? Yes

 

Aerial range: Up to 300 metres

 

Transponder data memory: Up to seven days

 

Other alerts and add ons: Rumination, temperature and health alerts including warnings for reduced eating time and abnormal lying time. Group nutritional analysis can also be provided. Additionally, the Find My Cow service is available, offering GPS cow locator

 

Special features: Over the air programming, allowing updates to be installed remotely. The only external device to offer temperature monitoring

 

Warranty: Five-year warranty with one-off payment, unlimited warranty with subscription option

 

Marketed by: World Wide Sires UK. For more information, visit wwsires.com

SMAXTEC BASIC

SMAXTEC BASIC

Company: SmaXtec

 

Transponder type: Bolus

 

Battery life: Up to four years

 

Software: SmaXtec Messenger

 

Reading station required? No

 

Download frequency: Every time a cow is in range of receiver

 

Transmission from transponder to receiver: Radio

 

Internet access required? Yes

 

Aerial range: 10-30 metres

 

Transponder data memory: 50 days

 

Other alerts and add ons: Calving alert, health alerts including temperature changes and reduced activity, drinking alert, heat stress alert. SmaXtec pH Plus Bolus includes additional rumen pH monitoring

 

Special features: Takes into account group behaviour to improve accuracy of heat detection

 

Warranty: Two years

 

Marketed by: Mole Valley Farmers. For more information, visit molevalleyfarmers.com

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