Farming and Agriculture

Whether seeking machinery or something for the health of your livestock there are many services out there for the farming industry, check out the many businesses below to see if you can find what you require:

Health is the key to success!

With the smaXtec health system, make the first step towards a healthier dairy herd – most precise heat detection included!

A healthy herd is the basis for your economic success. Only fit cows have a stable and high milk yield, a significantly reduced cell count, a lower insemination index, easier calvings and require less time for individual care.

To ensure or improve animal health, you have to keep a close eye on your cows at all times. This is the only way you can intervene early in case of health problems, thus prevent serious disease progression, save on antibiotics and costs

A number of issues can be recognised and solved through good observation and care but changing farm structures and sizes do not always allow for the ideal level of individual care. This is where the proven smaXtec technology supports you and detects health issues earliest possible.

Success through holistic monitoring with the smaXtec health system

The deeper the insights, the earlier you notice changes in your cows’ health status. smaXtec measures the meaningful parameters inner body temperature, rumination with smaXtec TruRumi™, activity and drinking behaviour in the highest quality directly in the reticulum. The collected data is automatically transmitted to the smaXtec Cloud and processed by the smaXtec TruD™ technology, where data is combined and supplemented. This is the basis for valuable recommendations for action and particularly helpful for the early detection of diseases. The more factors and symptoms are taken into consideration, the better, earlier and more accurate the recommendations.

As soon as the immune system reacts to pathogens or stress, for example, the inner body temperature changeslong before external signs become visible! As a result, the smaXtec system detects diseases up to 4 days before clinical symptoms become visible.

Monitoring animal health by temperature measurement offers another advantage: depending on the temperature change, you know what to check the cow for. If inner body temperature rises, it is an indication of a feverish condition, infection or inflammation. A drop in temperature, on the other hand, is an indication of a metabolic disease such as milk fever or ketosis.

In addition, continuous measurement of rumination allows you to draw even more precise conclusions about the disease and its severity. To make the unrivalled parameter package complete, smaXtec also measures drinking behaviour and activity, detecting issues such as lameness in a very early stage.

Steps ahead through early detection

Early detection allows you to intervene earliest possible, reduce the risk of serious disease progression and significantly reduce the use of medication, especially antibiotics. You can thus improve animal health and welfare and further increase the success on your farm. Customers report a reduced usage of antibiotics by up to 70% since using the smaXtec system.

With smaXtec early detection you detect diseases such as mastitis up to four days before clinical symptoms become visible. This way you are able to treat the cow with lighter medication such as an anti-inflammatory, avoid legal waiting periods caused by antibiotics, reduce the vet’s bill and workload.

Health, heat AND calving detection – is it possible?

smaXtec not only detects diseases earliest possible, by monitoring your animals 24/7 the system gives you the possibility to follow the recovery process of every cow over time. Thus, you are able to see if the treatment has made an impact on the health of the cow and when she has fully recovered.

Additionally, when using the smaXtec health system on your farm you receive precise and automatic heat detection as well earliest possible calving detection.

smaXtec detects heats for you and provides you with additional information on the ideal insemination time. Your benefits are shorter calving intervals, improved pregnancy rates, reduced insemination costs, ongoing productivity and much more.

smaXtec also supports you with reliable and early calving detection. The system not only monitors your cows’ health in the critical phase around birth, but you are also informed about imminent calving. You receive a notification on average 15 hours before calving, enabling you to take measures if necessary. This guarantees a problem-free calving and a good start for cow and calf.

The smaXtec system pays for itself

Customers report that the smaXtec system pays for itself within a very short period of time! But how?

By monitoring your herd’s health with smaXtec you ensure a stable, high milk yield with no loss of production. The system helps you to cut treatment costs by up to 30% and through early detection you are able to reduce use of antibiotics by up to 70%. Your cows are healthier and severe disease progression is 90% less likely. But also, reproduction figures, such as the calving intervals improve with the help of smaXtec.

The smaXtec health system helps you to be successful, reduce costs and workload on your farm.

Ready for your success. With smaXtec to a healthier herd. Get in touch now and implement the most comprehensive system for monitoring health and reproduction in dairy cows on your farm tomorrow!

Your consultant:

Chris Howarth

T: +44 7973 26 92 86


Farming and Agriculture – Behind the Scenes

Agriculture is typically defined as the science or business of cultivating the soil, growing crops and rearing livestock. Farming is the skill of practising agriculture. Many of us living in towns or larger villages across the UK often forget the agricultural side of Britain that is so important to us. The purpose of agriculture is to provide planned food utilisation for its dependant societies and although growing crops and rearing livestock are fundamental to this, it is the storage of produce that makes this possible.

With the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the development of more complicated machines, farming methods took a great leap forward. Instead of harvesting grain by hand with a sharp blade, wheeled machines cut a continuous swath. Instead of threshing the grain by beating it with sticks, threshing machines separated the seeds from the heads and stalks. Driven by these changes in agrochemicals, mechanisation and government support, production rose and we now rely on these machines to produce our countries ever increasing food demands. With such reliance on these machines numerous companies have popped up across the country offering sales in all types of machinery from Tractors to Quad Bikes both new and old with models to suit any budget. There are of course mechanics with the skills and abilities to get these machines up and running again quicker than ever before to ensure that the impact of their breakdowns have as little effect on production as possible.

Currently there is a lot of investment going in to buildings as production increases and new storage spaces are needed. These include Cattle Sheds, Implements Store, Hay Barns including Big Bale stores, General Purpose Building, Sheep sheds, Garages, Grain Stores, Equestrian Buildings and Pig Buildings. Onsite Farm Shops have become very popular because in recent times more and more farmers have opened their doors or set up stalls to offer fresh, local products direct to customers. Discover here the fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cakes, preserves, and local specialities available from hundreds of farm shops, Pick-Your-Own farms, stalls at farmers’ markets, and deliveries direct to your home. What does this mean for you? It means you get the very freshest produce sold directly to you on the farm or by the producers themselves: ‘farm-direct sales’ means just that! This helps the producers by providing an income that’s not tied to the profits or whims of the supermarkets; it reinvests the money that you spend back into your local economy and the rural economy at large. It provides you with more choice and an alternative to the supermarkets, and let’s not forget the freshest, tastiest food money can buy.

So next time you’re driving through the countryside and you see a tractor harvesting the fields or a stall selling fresh foods on the markets have a think about the long hours and days that those working in our vast countryside are doing for us behind the scenes!

“Working with livestock farmers since 1968”

“Our goal is to recommend diets, based on analysis of your feeds and forages, to achieve your production goals, while promoting excellent feed efficiency, animal health and fertility”.

The dry cow in the most important animal on the farm. After three years  work on UK and Irish farms, testing our new Dry and Transition cow programme we want to introduce Fast-Start.

Lameness in Sheep.

Lameness in sheep may be due to injury, systemic illness or infections caused by organisms that have a predilection for the feet. The three most common infectious causes of lameness in sheep, in the UK, are scald, footrot and contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD).

They can all occur in the same flock and at the same time. The occurrence of one condition tends to predispose sheep to the others. As the health and integrity of the hoof and foot deteriorates, the severity of the infection, and therefore the lameness caused and decreased productivity, can progress in parallel.

Scald is typically seen as a reddening of the skin above the coronary band and interdigitally which progresses to become necrotic (the tissue dies away) the further it develops.

Footrot generally appears after scald has weakened the coronary band, thus allowing the bacterium that causes footrot (dichelobactor nodosus), to penetrate and under-run the hoof wall and colonise the foot internally. Footrot is characterised by misshapen and overgrown hoof claws, extremely lame sheep and sheep grazing on their knees to relieve pain.

A more virulent form of infectious lameness (CODD) has appeared in the UK in recent years and is believed to be caused by organisms found in digital dermatitis of cattle, namely treponeme spp. .  As the name suggests, contagious ovine digital dermatitis, is very contagious within a flock and can spread very quickly between sheep. The presence of footrot can predispose to CODD.

Kling-On-Blue footbath for sheep contains copper sulphate and zinc sulphate, an organic acid and a fixative. One 7kg bucket of Kling on Blue powder can be mixed with 120 litres of water to provide a footbath for 250 sheep. The product can be easily and readily mixed in a few minutes by agitating the footbath with a yard broom and brushing along the bottom of the bath. After standing for ten minutes, the footbath will thicken and the sheep can be walked through. Holding sheep in the bath is unnecessary. The adhesive properties enable coating of the hoof with the solution as they pass through. After walking through the footbath, sheep are left on a hard standing for 20 minutes enabling the footbath to dry as a coating. This coating process encourages penetration of the hoof by the copper sulphate and zinc sulphate for several days. Kling on Blue can be used weekly, fortnightly or whenever handling allows.

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