At any large-scale livestock operation, pen checkers have their hands full inspecting herds daily for animals that show signs of disease, now streamlined by a monitor from Allflex Livestock Intelligence. .
The monitor, which can be a collar or tag, tracks changes in the animal’s temperature, movement, and estrus, if any. All of these factors are monitored in real time and reported to the data bank or tower every twenty minutes.
Dave Lehman, Canadian Sales Manager for Allflex, explains more about the device that was being showcased at Ag in Motion 2022.
“You are looking for changes. So the animal would have the device on it, say a week or two, usually with breeding animals that want to go through a heat, and then know what’s normal, and it will record everything above and below with a visual tag on your phone with an app or on the computer,” says Lehman.
By detecting changes in temperature and activity, this allows pen checkers to identify animals that need to be removed from the herd before disease spreads, much faster than traditional methods. Making the process even simpler, the affected animals’ monitor would light up with an identifying color that allows the checker to quickly locate their whereabouts.
Livestock operations can also use the tag to track estrus and thus identify an ideal breeding window for each animal.
In addition, Allflex strives to create traceability and transparency in the retail and export market. This is done through a monitor that is applied to a calf and tracks the animal from start to finish.
“It takes a little bit of an ear, a tiny little hole, and it goes back to the quality of the blood, for a test. So you can follow the DNA of an animal from the calf to the finished product. and at the packing house,” says Lehman. “It’s pretty common for breed registration on thoroughbreds, it’s used for dairy cows, hogs, it’s very cheap and l ‘very good quality DNA’.
Lehman says the alternative to their system, which takes a small piece of the ear, would be tail hair pulling and adds that the cost of the device and testing for the auditory tissue method has seen a drop. considerable price, making it an effective tool and a cost-effective method for growers.