How to administer a cattle bolus for the purposes of data collection is a question on the minds of many farmers. This non-invasive tool is providing new, real-time insights through smart technology. These insights – in conjunction with other wearable technologies – are disrupting the traditional approach to herd and health monitoring and management.

Read on to find out more about the livestock bolus from Smarter Technologies, how to administer it, and the benefits for your cattle or dairy farm.

How to administer a cattle bolus from Smarter Technologies

Cattle Bolus Tracking Software for Real-Time Beef Herd Management

The livestock bolus from Smarter Technologies is bullet-shaped and easily implanted.  In the form of a tube with an IoT tag, this can be done in one of two ways.

  1. The first is to feed it to the cow.
  2. The other is to use a bolus gun.

The latter procedure is familiar to farmers as the way to administer oral medications in cattle rearing. Simple and pain-free, the simplicity of the process is but one reason for the appeal of this smart technology for agriculture. The bolus gun very quickly aids in swallowing the implant (made from medical-grade plastic), which sits in the rumen of the cow. In addition, Smarter Technologies’ cattle bolus has a five-year battery life, making this a process that does not need to be repeated very often.

Smarter Technologies recommends administering the bolus to cows as early as possible. The bolus can be implanted in calves in the same way as above from three months old.

What data does the cattle bolus collect?

Smarter Technologies’ cattle bolus monitors the temperature of individual animals within the herd. This incorporates a temperature threshold to prevent false alarms from natural fluctuations. The bolus is programmed to provide immediate reports on undesirable temperature changes, empowering farmers to take action.

The benefits of  ongoing temperature monitoring using a cattle bolus 

According to Deloitte, smart animal health and monitoring could reduce losses by at least 65%. Farmers are encountering mounting challenges around feeding a growing world population. However, they are also facing increased consumer expectations around traceability, antibiotic use, sustainability, and animal health. The benefits of Smarter Technologies’ 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.

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 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.


The cattle bolus from Smarter Technologies is designed to be cost-effective, simple, and smart. This powerful tool stands to provide high-level ROI through increased productivity, boosted profits, and a smart approach to cattle and dairy processes.

Contact Smarter Technologies today for more information.