Up until recently, the only way a farmer would know if a cow was about to give birth was by being at her side 24 hours a day. However, with the introduction of the Moocall calving sensor, which uses Vodafone IoT technology, all that has changed.
Essentially, Moocall is a non-invasive internet-of-things (IoT) device that gathers hundreds of pieces of data every second from the pregnant animal. Strapped to the top of a cow’s tail, it can accurately predict when she is most likely to give birth by measuring a specific tail movement pattern that is triggered by labour contractions.
When the contractions reach a certain level of intensity over a period, Moocall sends an SMS text alert directly to the farmer’s mobile phone via Vodafone’s IoT network. On average this is around one hour before calving.
Designed to work indoors, outdoors and in all weathers – even in areas with weaker coverage – the IoT sensor offers two main benefits. First, farmers can sleep at night without worrying about missing the birth of a calf. Second, complications during the delivery and the possible loss of a precious young animal are reduced.
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