Calves are very sensitive to diseases of all kinds during their first days of life. The earlier infections are detected, the faster the animals will recover. Daily calf health monitoring and documentation accompanied by temperature measurement as appropriate, is often not yet a routine on the farms. Urban is now offering a new DLG medal-winning solution.
Urban GmbH & Co. KG has developed a practical tool for calf health monitoring: VitalControl, a hand-held device for measuring body temperature and evaluating calf health. It comes with an integrated keypad and a high-contrast colour screen. During routine calf barn tours, the farmer will use VitalControl to scan the animal number from the transponder and measure body temperature. The device will classify the result into a green, yellow or red status category. Further health-relevant parameters can be evaluated visually and documented, such as consistency of faeces, respiratory diseases, general health status, etc. The software generates alarm lists from the recorded data, processes all entered data into easy-to-read graphics and can be linked to the Urban feeder so that drinking behaviour can also be included into the animal assessment. In this way, the calf health can be reliably assessed and documented and diseases can be detected earlier. For work monitoring, each of the measurements and assessments can be tracked and assigned to the employee who entered them into the system.
The long measuring tip of the VitalControl is slim and made of flexible material, so that the measurement takes place in sufficient depth and is not unpleasant for the animal. The head of the device can be rotated, which makes the handling and insertion of the measuring tip much easier. In addition, the thermometer has an integrated light that shines towards the measuring tip to facilitate handling even in poorly lit areas of the barn.
The waterproof device has a powerful rechargeable battery and data interfaces (USB; WLAN; WiFi) for transferring the data to a computer or an automatic feeder.
For this tool designed for health control and digital data management, which can also be used in other animal species and production branches, Urban GmbH & Co. KG was awarded by the DLG with the silver Innovation Award of the EuroTier 2018.