Cattle Bolus Tracking Software

Non-invasive, real-time cattle bolus and cow herd management system for optimum health, quality and cost savings

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Smarter Technologies has designed and built an innovative low-power radio cattle bolus to manage cow herds effectively and efficiently to prevent the onset of stress or disease. Connected to our privately-owned Orion Data Network, these bolus tags provide real-time data analytics on individual animals, giving you accurate visibility into cow herd management and the opportunity to make informed business decisions.

Our rumen cattle bolus allows you to track and monitor the temperature of every individual in the herd. This enables you to:

  • Benefit from early disease detection

  • Detect changes in feed quality and nutrition

  • Gain visibility on stress factors

  • Plan the working day more efficiently

  • Make better-informed decisions

  • Monitor feed quality

  • Prevent the spread of disease

  • Accurately determine calving times

  • Monitor the entire lactation period

  • Improve carcass quality

  • Market beef stock at the right time

  • Maximise profits

How Does The Cattle Bolus Work?

Made from medical-grade plastic, the Smarter Technologies cattle bolus implants are ergonomic, bullet-shaped implants with a five-year lifespan that are quickly and easily placed in the cows’ rumen using a bolus gun.

These boluses accurately and continuously monitor any temperature fluctuations in each member of the herd, 24/7. All data is transmitted automatically via the Orion Data Network; first to the gateway, and then to a cloud-based system that allows farmers, vets and scientists to process the information and deal with unexpected issues. The network’s software easily is installed across multiple devices.

To ensure high levels of accuracy, the Orion Data Network’s algorithms establish a temperature baseline that takes normal fluctuations into account. This ensures that temperature changes caused by natural activities (such as drinking water) don’t trigger an alert.

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What is the Orion Data Network?

Smarter Technologies’ privately-owned Orion Data Network is a low-power, long-range, real-time tracking and monitoring network being used the world over. Orion’s proprietary, military-grade communication technology runs on low-power radio. With a set of smart sensors, tags and gateways, the Orion system sends real-time, automatic updates to your bespoke management dashboard.

Read more about the Orion Data Network.

Why choose Smarter Technologies’ Orion Data Network?

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SIM Free

No GSM associated costs and smaller devices.

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Lower frequency than GSM

Tags can be seen inside everything.

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Reduced power requirement

Tags last for years, not days.

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Track, indicate temperature, movement, shock and more.

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Remote configuration

Can receive messages in all locations.

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500m to 10km per gateway.

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Recovery ability

Can switch from digital to analogue to increase recovery capabilities and accurate location finding.

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Rapid deployment of infrastructure

Due to the wireless nature of the Orion Data Network.

Benefits of Smarter Technologies Cattle Bolus

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Early detection of disease before herd shows outward signs of illness

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Identify and contain contagious illness before infection spreads

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Faster diagnosis and treatment

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Lower your mortality rates

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Raise productivity

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Reduce the economic impacts of non-fatal diseases

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Eliminate the need for costly IT hardware and support

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Accurately predict calving times

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Give veterinarians remote access to data

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Reduce dependence on antibiotics

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Reduce labour and attract the new generation of tech-savvy employees

Smarter Technologies Cattle Bolus Example Use Cases

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Temperature Monitoring

Temperature fluctuations are a primary indicator when cattle are exposed to diseases such as Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) and Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus BVD). An increased core body temperature is often a sign of a challenged immune system.

With Smarter Technologies’ Livestock Bolus, you will receive a comprehensive overview of your herd’s performance by monitoring the core temperatures of your livestock, enabling you to take preventative measures to reduce the spread of infection and disease.

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Welfare Monitoring

Until recently, it has been extremely difficult to accurately measure any information relating to herd welfare in a non-evasive and stress-free manner. With Smarter Technologies’ herd management tools, you’ll be able to identify physiological changes affecting daily liveweight gain, nutrition and the general wellbeing of your livestock.

By observing environmental factors such as heat stress, the effect of nutritional variations if feed quality alters and other stress-inducing factors such as housing density and barrier feed-point overcrowding using a cattle bolus, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how different conditions affect your livestock. Prompt intervention can initiate earlier procedures with better outcomes, often with lower medication and labour. As a result, your animals can continue to achieve daily liveweight gain targets with lower mortality rates and productivity loss.

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Lactation Monitoring

Elevated temperature and humidity have a negative effect on a cow’s feed intake, leading to reduced milk production. Heat stress can increase body temperature, which may affect the fat synthesis in the mammary gland and reduce the quantity and quality of the milk.

With Smarter Technologies’ Livestock and Cattle Bolus, you will instantly receive data on abnormal temperature fluctuations during the lactation period, allowing you to take measures to reduce heat stress and improve milk production.


A cattle bolus is a small tube with a tag inside that feeds data on the internal temperature of the animal back to a cloud-based dashboard.
A rumen bolus and cattle bolus refer to the same device – a small tube with an IoT tag that comes to rest in the rumen of the animal.

A cattle bolus is programmed to read and transmit data on the core body temperature of an animal. The bolus transmits these temperature readings to gateways installed nearby. The gateways transmit the data to a cloud-based where the temperature can be viewed and recorded in real time.

By measuring cow temperature, a cattle bolus can alert farmers to issues that may otherwise go unnoticed under visual supervision.

For example, an animal’s body temperature may rise from exposure to an immune challenge. Seeing this data without having to manually take the animals temperature provides an earlier alert to the farmer that the animal may need some form of treatment.

The cattle bolus is a small tube that is fed to the cow, where it makes its way into the rumen. The alternative option is to insert the bolus using a bolus gun.
A bolus capsule can be inserted into the animal from three months of age. In fact, the earlier the bolus is inserted, the better. The bolus is fed to the calf or inserted using a bolus gun at the earliest opportunity.
Smarter Technologies’ bolus and Orion Data Network have low energy consumption, resulting in a five-year battery life.

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