SMARTBOW® from Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, is an ear tag-based sensor system that monitors rumination, accurately detects heats1 and tracks animal location in real-time*.

The SMARTBOW ear tags continuously transmit individual animal data to an on-farm server. Within the server this data is analyzed to create meaningful insights and alerts. These insights are designed to help dairy producers enhance animal health and wellbeing, maximize productivity and manage labor.

Accurate rumination monitoring (97-99%)2,3 can aid dairy producers in monitoring cow health. This creates the potential for producers to identify and manage health issues earlier, enhancing animal wellbeing and minimizing impacts on production.

Highly accurate heat detection (accuracy of 96%1) through monitoring of individual cow activity provides potential to increase insemination success and reduce labor required to manage reproduction.

Real-time localization means cows in heat, or requiring individual attention, can be found quickly and easily.

To learn more about real-time dairy farming with SMARTBOW, visit smartbow.com

VAS is the global market leader in dairy management software and consulting services. VAS is an innovative technology company providing on-premise and Cloud solutions, business intelligence, analytics and integration to efficiently manage dairy operations. VAS’s mission is to transform dairy operations with connected technology, intelligence and analytics that enhance the profitability of the producer. To learn more about VAS visit our about page.

FEATURES AND FUNCTIONS

With the integration of SMARTBOW and DairyComp, dairies can enter a range of information into DairyComp and that information will automatically migrate to the SMARTBOW system. This includes:

  • Cow ID
  • SMARTBOW ear tag ID
  • Calving dates
  • Breeding dates
  • Pen numbers/moves
  • Pregnancy status
  • Sold/Died status

In addition, the heat alerts and rumination alerts generated by the SMARTBOW system automatically appear in DairyComp and can be visualized within this platform.

SMARTBOW activity and rumination data can be viewed as graphs in DairyComp.

This bi-directional integration reduces double entry of data and simplifies working across the two systems.

DairyComp can manage data from multiple SMARTBOW servers, where applicable.

RELATING COMPANY: ZOETIS

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes veterinary vaccines, medicines and diagnostics, which are complemented by genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

* The SMARTBOW ear tag collects data every second. Data is transmitted from the ear tag to receivers (wall points) every four seconds when the cow is active and every 16 seconds when the cow is inactive.

 

1 17. Schweinzer V, Lidauer L, Berger A, Kickinger F, Öhlschuster M, Auer W, Drillich M, Iwersen M. Evaluation of the ear-tag sensor system SMARTBOW for detecting estrus events in indoor housed dairy cows. 2018. Proceedings of the 14th international conference on precision agriculture June 24–27, 2018.

2 Borchers MR, Chang YM, Tsai IC, Wadsworth BA, Bewley JM. A validation of technologies monitoring dairy cow feeding, ruminating, and lying behaviors. Journal of Dairy Science 2016;99(9):7458-7466. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2015-10843.

3 Reiter S, Sattlecker G, Lidauer L, Kickinger F, Öhlschuster M, Auer W, Schweinzer V, Klein-Jöbstl D, Drillich M, Iwersen M. Evaluation of an ear-tag-based accelerometer for monitoring rumination in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 2018;101(4):3398-3411. https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2017-12686