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Southland Dairy Farmers Owen and Cathy Copinga state that using Allflex smart collars on their herd has simplified identifying cows on heat. The couple milk 650 Holstein Friesian cows near Winton. The collars monitor a cow’s rumination and activity, alerting farmers when the animal is sick or on heat. They also alert the farmers if cows are alert outside of their normal times, such as when breaking out on a crop at night. Those alerts can be accessed on a smartphone app, or a desktop computer. The collars allow the detection of cows on silent heat which are usually undetectable by humans. Despite the rain and poor growing conditions, the farm managed to lower the number of cows not in calf by 5 percent down to 13 percent.
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