The Phase IV Dairy Cow Monitoring System, distributed by DVM Systems, automatically monitors each dairy cow’s temperature and ID as it enters the milking parlor, two to three times per day. As a result, the dairy operator receives a 24 to 48 hour advance notice on illnesses and outbreaks before visual signs appear, reducing treatment costs and mortality rates.The Phase IV Dairy Monitoring System consists of:
- a bolus, equipped with a passive RFID chip (Phase IV's SensIC™) and an integrated temperature sensor (no battery)
- and a Dual Fixed Reader for collecting temperature data from the bolus.
The bolus is administered orally using a standard balling gun. Once ingested, the bolus settles into the dairy cow’s reticulum (one of the stomachs). The density of the bolus keeps it from passing through the digestive system.
The bolus is read by a Dual Fixed Reader (DFR). The DFR consists of two panels mounted at the entry to the milking parlor. As cows pass the Reader, a magnetic field induces a small electrical charge inside the bolus, sufficient to energize the transmitter. The bolus responds to this interrogation signal by transmitting its globally unique identification number and temperature on a coded radio-frequency. Alarms for high-temperature readings can be triggered, enabling early detection and immediate action. Once the DFR collects the information, the information is sent via Ethernet or Wi-Fi to user or third party application.