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Well Cow’s wireless redox sensor on the market


Well Cow’s wireless bolus redox sensors are now available which can be used to monitor enzymatic oxidation-reduction reactions in the rumen of farm animals. These reactions can be positive in terms of allowing the animals to extract more usable nutrients from feed ingredients through microbial fermentation as well as digesting the microbes themselves. Microbes contain significant amounts of protein that are highly digestible and can support a great deal of the milk production of a dairy cow. However, these reactions are not always positive. Rumen microbes under the right conditions can be directly or indirectly responsible for some disease syndromes as a result of the fermentation process and toxic substances may be generated. These will adversely affect animal health and compounds may be produced that alter animal metabolism and productivity. Rumen microbes may also be responsible for reducing the availability of some essential dietary nutrients from the feed. Researchers can now investigate the impact of changes to dietary inputs on the oxidation-reduction reactions in the rumen over long periods using the bolus which records redox potential and temperature every fifteen minutes and stores the data for later download using the wireless reader.


TSB R&D Project

The consortium will develop a health and condition monitoring platform, a foundation to creating decision support applications in order to catalyse improvements in production efficiency and a concomitant reduction in waste and losses in the ruminant protein supply chain. The primary traits that the platform will monitor are dystocia, oestrus detection and sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) in beef and dairy cattle. The solution will encompass reliable and continuous monitoring and sensing of specifically defined, important variables and signals in farmed livestock in commercial agricultural settings including challenging physical environments. As well as providing valuable management and labour saving tools, these solutions offer distinct efficiency advantages for commercial producers.

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i4 Product Design Helps "Well Cow" Develop Wireless Enabled Device to Monitor Cows' Health

The world’s only long term device for farmers to help them monitor their dairy herd’s dietary health and improve milk yields using its unique wireless telemetry bolus system is being developed by Well Cow Limited™. To assist with this project, Well Cow has brought in one of Scotland’s leading product development companies, i4 Product Design, to work on re-designing the device over the next six months. Well Cow was recently successful in securing a SMART award from the Scottish Government to undertake a feasibility study to ensure the bolus continues to operate for longer periods in the very challenging environment of a cow’s rumen.

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