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May 14, 2021 Innovation & Technology

What We’re Reading | Bolus helps producers monitor heat cycles

By Ron Lyseng, The Western Producer

Monitoring heat cycles in beef and dairy cows improves breeding success. Better heat detection means higher percentages. Transmitted real-time digital data from within the rumen gives farmers ultimate information.

The folks at Moonsyst Smart Rumen Monitoring figured that if researchers can install lights and video cameras inside a cow’s rumen, then they should be able to install a small bolus equipped with sensors and a transmitter. The Hungarian company has developed a high tech device that tracks six main factors: heat detection; rumen temperature; health condition; water intake; calving; and rumen pH.

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