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Thursday
Jul102014

On show at Bluetooth media event in London

At a Bluetooth SIG media event at the Vanilla in London on Tuesday 8th July, Well Cow demonstrated its wireless telemetry bolus system for the long term measurement of rumen pH and temperature in dairy herds.  The new receiver utilises Bluetooth as it was the only communications technology that was able to harness the wide area connectivity of a smartphone from an embedded battery powered device. Such a technology had to be ubiquitous and have low enough power consumption to allow for a good battery life. 

This media event pulled in more than 20 European press and analysts from heavy hitters like Gartner, IHS Technology, The Guardian, Juniper, Electronics Weekly, EDN, Engadget, and the Inquirer, among others. They came to see the cool new solutions and products Bluetooth SIG members. 

The company developed its new  communication system with our partner, Ziconix. Who they chose to work with because of their experience of developing mobile apps for industrial applications and their knowledge of the communications technologies needed to develop the system.

The Well Cow system automatically collects pH and temperature data from the bolus sitting in the rumen via a ruggedised reader and transmits it to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet computer, which can be kept away from the animal for security. In turn this connects to a wide area network and onto the Cloud so that the data can be analysed remotely by the farmer, vet or nutritionist. This brings the latest in communication and computing technology into the farm.

Friday
Jun202014

Well Cow at The Royal Highland Show

Well Cow has been demonstrating on the SRUC stand to visitors at the Royal Highland Show its new wireless telemetry bolus system for the long term measurement of rumen pH and temperature in dairy herds.  

   

 The company has developed a new communication system with our partner, Ziconix. This automatically collects pH and temperature data from the bolus sitting in the rumen via a ruggedised reader and transmits it to a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet computer which can be kept away from the animal for security. In turn this connects to a wide area network and onto the cloud so that the data can be analysed remotely by the farmer, vet or nutritionist. This brings the latest in communication and computing technology into the farm.

 

The Well Cow pH bolus provides data that helps farmers and nutritionists implement feed management that prevents or reduces the incidence of Sub Acute Rumen Acidosis (SARA). By managing diets farmers are able to optimise milk yield and quality.

 

The bolus is inserted orally into the cow using a bolling gun and resides in its stomach, once inside the rumen it logs pH and temperature every 15 minutes and operates in this very hostile environment for up to 100 days. It avoids the need for invasive rumencentesis – using a needle to draw rumen fluid.

Monday
Feb242014

Well Cow visits China

Well Cow director, Malcolm Bateman, will be visiting China on 3rd March as part of week long UK-China Agri-Tech mission.

Leveraging China's ever-increasing demand and investment in innovation, this mission is aimed at initiating an understanding of market needs, knowledge exchange opportunities and potential partnerships between the two countries, making it different from a trade mission. Agri-Tech is recognised as a powerful enabler by Chinese companies who want to make the transition from suppliers of primary crops to innovators with global branding and sustainable high yields. 

This trip will allow Well Cow to showcase its pH/temperature bolus technology with counterparts in China who are looking at sustainable livestock practices. This follows a recent visit by a group of Chinese agricultural academics to the Roslin BioCentre when the company's technology was showcased.

 

 

Monday
Jun042012

Well Cow secures TSB Feasibility Grant.

Over 120 UK businesses and 20 research institutions will collaborate in over 40 projects which were funded in the £18 million TSB collaborative research and development competition. The feasibility competition, aimed at micro and small businesses, funded over 80 projects with grants of up to £25,000. Well Cow were delighted to be one of the successful SMEs.

The Well Cow bolus monitors rumen pH to assist in the nutritional management of cattle, which improves both productivity and the animals health and welfare. In order to ease the process of data collection, Well Cow now wants to explore if it is possible to utilise a 'communication bridge', which combines the use of a collar to collect the data from its longlife wireless pH bolus, which sits in the rumen, with a wide area network so that the data can be captured and analysed on a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet computer.  The challenge in this feasibility study is to enable a ultra low power device, the pH bolus, to access the enormous computing power and wide area networking capability of the mobile phone to provide seamless remote data acquisition - bringing the latest in communication data collection into the farm.

Friday
May252012

Well Cow will be at Fieldays

Well Cow will be travelling down to Hamilton, New Zealand in June to attend Fieldays. New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is the largest agribusiness exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand is a world leader in agriculture and pastoral farming and the National Fieldays is the ultimate launch platform for cutting edge agricultural technology and innovation. National Fieldays which is held over four days each June and has exhibition and demonstration space of over 40 hectares and boasts over 1,000 exhibitors.

Well Cow director, Malcolm Bateman who will be attending said “We feel it is important that we are able to talk to key players in the sector and attending Fieldays will be an excellent opportunity for us to meet leading companies in the field and explain the Well Cow bolus technology”