Carl and Rachelle Moon from Carrell Holsteins, Numurkah, Victoria, adopted the smaXtec system in their 150 cow herd in 2016 as a means of improving conception rates in their AI program. “Getting more heifers in calf is important because it maximises our investment in genetic improvement and the cost of rearing calves,” Carl says. “It’s so simple – the animal tells us when it’s on heat or under stress and sends us an alert to our phone or office computer so we can take the appropriate action.” Carl added that the system is extremely ‘farmer-friendly’. “Once it’s set up, it’s very simple to use and there is zero maintenance,” he says. “The app on our phone gives us access to all the basic information we need, quickly and easily. Once a task is complete, I just tick the box on my phone and it updates the cow’s profile and the whole system.”
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