Monitoring Your Cows – There's an app for that.

February 24, 2017

Monitoring Your Cows – There's an app for that.

Technology makes a lot of things easier on the farm, but most recently, we have started using a series of cameras that connect to our smart phones so we can monitor our cows 24/7. We are in the middle of calving season right now, so keeping an eye on things is incredibly important.

We purchased 5 cameras, which are just basic security cameras that are connected to a network and wirelessly transmitt to the router in our house. The smartphone app allows us to view the calving pens when we are away from home or in the middle of the night. My husband works 3 miles from home and is able to check the cameras and run home in an emergency situation.

Our herd consists of 40 cows and every year at least 1/4 of those are heifers (young females who have never had a calf before). There is an element of the unknown for heifers because we don't know what to expect from these first time moms.  The cameras give us a little added security when they are getting close to giving birth. On three different occasions since having the cameras, we have saved a calf because of signs we were able to observe on the smartphone app for our cameras. Talk about insurance for our herd's success!

Alison McGrew

Alison was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm in Central Illinois and now resides on a farm where she, her husband and their two children raise beef cattle. Alison and her husband both have full-time jobs off the farm that are directly related to agriculture. You can learn more about their farm on Alison's blog Outside the Ag Room.

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