The benefits of ongoing temperature monitoring using a cattle bolus
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is the body mandated to reduce poverty and hunger. In achieving these aims, this organisation focuses on the prevention, detection, and response to disease. In this regard, it has identified new technologies as a way to improve yields and protect livestock.
The state of food security in 2021 is one deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The effect on incomes and supply chains, combined with traditional issues, are causes of hunger. Farmers are encountering mounting challenges around feeding a growing world population. In addition to the increasing number of people to feed (and the land required to house them), factors like climate change, dwindling resources, and unsustainable traditional farming processes make a smarter approach imperative.
What’s more, consumer expectations are changing. Consumers are more concerned than ever about traceability, antibiotic use, sustainability, animal health, and full supply chain transparency. For cattle and dairy farmers, this appears to be a lot to contend with – and that’s how smart technologies stand to be the shortest route to success in combating many of these challenges and streamlining farming operations.
According to Deloitte, smart animal health and monitoring could reduce losses by at least 65%. By increasing the health and viability of an increased number of animals – and coming up with overall more cost-effective operations – livestock farming and herd management has the potential to achieve easy gains for production.
The benefits of Smarter Technologies Group’s cattle bolus are:
Reduced spread of disease. Reduced mortalities
Real-time insights into temperature fluctuations have the benefit of early disease detection. It can take some time for cattle to show outward symptoms of disease – by which time contagion could move through the herd. This data is delivered directly (and to the remote dashboard of) farmers and allocated personnel. Managers and owners can forward information remotely to vets, which also saves costs on call outs.
This data-driven process allows for early containment and averts the spread of disease. Additionally, it gives farmers the ability to react to stress indicators. This also has the effect of reduced reliance on antibiotics and lower mortalities. This enhanced veterinary control means better cost control around herd health management too.
Lactation and calving
Consistent temperature monitoring also helps farmers to predict calving. This increases the viability of every animal and empowers farmers to engage in veterinary intervention where necessary. Temperature can also provide some excellent insights for the purposes of lactation and these data readings are a foundation for practices to enhance milk production.
Reduced labour costs. Increased productivity. Saved time and money
Traditional processes around livestock health and temperature monitoring are a labour-intensive and costly affair. Smart technologies for herd management and livestock health not only reduce losses, but improve productivity for increased profits and cost savings. As a consequence of this, manpower and cashflow can be utilised where it is really needed to drive efficiency ad scale.