The Moocall Calving Sensor is a new piece of technology that attaches to a cow’s tail and alerts the farmer via text message to the onset of calving.
Moocall was developed by Offaly farmer Niall Austin following a costly experience whereby both a cow and calf were lost due to not being present to lend assistance at birth. Moocall uses motion sensor technology which picks up on activity levels in the tail.
The Moocall operates on a one hour notice period to the farmer indicating the onset of labour - this allows the farmer time to organise him or herself to be present during the labour process. Moocall also picks up on difficult or abnormal calvings giving the farmer an accurate timeline of events which allows him or her to intervene and lend assistance if no progress is being made.
Moocall uses a roaming SIM card which guarantees network coverage across the country both inside a shed and outdoors. A re-chargeable 30 day battery means the farmer can work his Moocall for a month to six weeks. Moocall is designed to go on the tail of a cow anywhere from a couple of hours to four days before calving. To date Moocall has alerted over 25,000 calvings since December 2014!
For more information log on to www.moocall.com