The smaXtec Messenger provides you with up to the minute information confirming if rumen pH value, temperature, activity levels and conditions in the cow shed are within or outside the normal range. The smaXtec Messenger can be accessed via PC/laptop, tablet or smartphone (Android, iOS)
The suggested actions contained in the alert messages enable a rapid and targeted response – for example by adjusting feed quantities or contacting your veterinarian.
The suggested actions and physiological data can be accessed in real-time via PC, tablet or smartphone from the smaXtec server. Where necessary you automatically receive an actionable alert message. You are kept easily updated with all relevant information. This means curves no longer have to be looked at or interpreted.
Caution: For display of temperature-related notifications, measurement data must be available from over a minimum of 4 days.
Start your browser (Google Chrome or Firefox), go to https://messenger.smaxtec.com and log in with your email address and password. Before using for the first time you need to register. Please use a valid email address and choose your time zone.
The most important steps for successful use of smaXtec Messenger are described below:
Note: Internet connection required!
The smaXtec dashboard is a key element of the smaXtec Messenger. Get a detailed overview of its function under smaXtec Messenger dashboard.
Daily Events: These events are always generated at 24:00h (or as soon as the data for this period is available on the server) if a problem has occurred on the respective day.
Hourly Events: These events are generated every hour on the hour (or as soon as the data for this period is available on the server) if a problem has occurred within the respective hour.
Sample Events: Whenever new data is sent to the server it is always checked for any incidence of a sample-based event. If such an event is detected, it is immediately displayed in Messenger.
Climate Sensor Events: Climate Sensor Events are evaluated on a sample event basis with a maximum of one warning a day issued per sensor and event type.
For all animal-related events (does not apply to the Climate Sensor), it should be noted that after installation there is a 3-day waiting period in which no events are generated. There are, however, certain event-specific exceptions as shown in the table below.
|Alert||Description||First Alert after Sensor Activation|
|Too few drinking cycles||Number of drinking cycles per day is insufficient||3 days|
|Reduction of drinking cycles||The number of drinking cycles has decreased significantly compared to the previous day||3 days|
|Temperature increase||The temperature increased significantly||3 days|
|Calving (Temperature decrease)||The temperature decreased significantly within the expected calving period||6 days|
|Temperature decrease||The temperature decreased significantly (no calving expected)||4 days|
|Estrus||Increased activity and >20 DIM||8 days|
|Decrease of activity||Check for reasons (lameness, sick cow)||3 days|
|Increase of activity||Increased activity and <20 DIM||8 days|
|Indication of reduced feed efficiency||Large fluctuations of pH reduce nutrient utilization||3 days|
|Indication of an increased risk of acidosis||When pH is below a 5.8 for more than 300 minutes per day, an increased risk of acidosis is indicated||3 days|
|Sudden decrease of average pH level||Deviation in average daily pH: Sudden changes or errors in feed management||3 days|
|Mild heat stress||THI > 72 -> mild heat stress||Immediately|
|Medium heat stress||THI > 78 -> medium heat stress||Immediately|
|Severe heat stress||THI > 82 -> severe heat stress||Immediately|
Climate Sensor Events:
*THI = (1.8 * Temperature + 32) – ((0.55 – 0.0055 * Humidity) * (1.8 * Temperature – 26))
Please note: Please make sure to enter the calving date so the system functions properly. If a calving date is not indicated, the Messenger might give you the wrong type of alert. From calving (day 0) until day 20, the given alert will be “Increased activity”, after day 20 the system sends an “estrus” alert. As soon as pregnancy is confirmed in the system, the alert will be “Increased activity” again.
According to the requirements of each user, you can select a role for the optimal use of the software.
Here’s an overview of available roles and functions:
|Update animal information||✔||✔||✔|
|Change animal tags||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Update device information||✔||✔||✔|
|Update calving information||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Update estrus information||✔||✔||✔||✔|
Additionally, a user can have “read-only”-status. This type of user can look up information but cannot make any modifications.
Estrus alarms include information on the ideal insemination time. The insemination window has the following 7 different states:
State 0: When estrus is detected the following message is displayed. Detailed information on the ideal insemination time is given in the next phase as soon as the actual heat peak was reached.
State 1: Before the indicated date the arrow is on the left side of the green point.
State 2: At the given date, the arrow is on top of the green point. It indicates the heat peak plus 8 hours and is the ideal time to inseminate the cow.
State 3: After 50% of the green phase (3H) the arrow moves to center of the green line.
State 4: After 6 hours, the arrow is on top of the yellow point.
State 5: After 50% of the yellow phase (4H) the arrow moves to the center of the yellow line.
State 6: When the end of the insemination window is reached the arrow stays on top of the red point.
The displayed time (in this case 06. Dec 7:53 PM) does not indicate the detection of estrus plus 8 hours – it indicates the heat peak plus 8 hours, which is the ideal time for insemination.The insemination window will be visible in different spots in both the app and the desktop version. You will find it here:
The insemination disappears from the dashboard after 36 hours. It can be accessed in the message list permanently, the arrow stays on top of the red point as soon as the end of the insemination time is reached.
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