The permanent, highly precise measurement of the inner body temperature (± 0.01°C) enables you to react as early as possible to approaching problems caused by feeding.
The quality of maize silage depends on the weather and harvest time and can therefore vary greatly from year to year and from region to region. This year (2022), farmers reported massive problems with feed quality, especially in regions with too little precipitation and poor silage compaction. Fluctuations in dry matter content, caused for example by rain, can also have a negative impact on feed conversion efficiency and animal health.
Detect problems in feed quality with smaXtec
The deep insights into animal health help to detect problems in feed intake and conversion at an early stage. Continuous health monitoring of all animals and practical notifications allow you to identify irregularities in feed quality and to monitor the effects of a (planned) feed transition.
In case of group temperature notifications or increased individual temperature alerts, you should check the feeding immediately:
- feed contamination in the silo or mixing wagon?
- reheating in the silo?
- toxins in the feed? (e.g. fungal moulds likePenicillium roqueforti, Aspergillus fumigatus...)
- errors in feeding management?
Note that the rumination activity often does not show any irregularities at this stage.
If undesirable fermentation of silage occurs, the result is visible in the barn a few days later: cases of mastitis, E.Coli mastitis, displaced abomasum and massive milk loss can be the result. With smaXtec, the cause, namely problems in feeding, can be made visible at an early stage and you can take countermeasures in good time before greater damage occurs.
Our smaXtec consultants will be happy to support you.