CalfWatch – Developing a system to remotely monitor calving in northern Australia
Calf loss in northern Australian beef herds is a major problem confronting the productivity of business operations.
In this BeefConnect webinar recording, join Tim Schatz (Principal Livestock Research Officer, Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade) when he discusses the CalfWatch project which is being conducted near Katherine, Northern Territory.
The focus of the CalfWatch project is to develop a system to remotely monitor calving under extensive conditions and then use it to investigate the causes of calf loss which costs the northern beef industry more than $54 million annually.
During the presentation, Tim discusses the findings and results of a 200 cow herd in a 2215 hectare paddock that formed part of the study.
Download a copy of the presentation – CalfWatch 2020 Update (PDF, 3.5 MB).
- Calf Alive symposium presentations (FutureBeef)
- Reducing calf loss from exposure (FutureBeef)
- Data paints a clearer picture of calf losses (FutureBeef)
- CalfWatch – Developing a system to remotely monitor calving in northern Australia
- Calf loss is a major problem in northern Australia
- We are still understanding the problem
- Losses are even greater in heifers calving for the first time
- Calf loss has been difficult to investigate using traditional methods
- Using birth sensors to remotely monitor calving
- The equipment used…
- Finding the expelled sensors in Australia became a problem
- The CalfWatch study – using GPS tracking collars
- GPS tracker reliability
- Cow collars also contained accelerometers
- Hot dry weather had an impact on calving observations
- The trial findings…
- Causes of calf loss in mature cows
- Bottle teats are a major problem in the cows
- Unknown causes of calf loss
- Where to from here…