BackgroundCaveview Farm, owned by Brendan and Amanda Ashby, with Brendan’s parents, Trevor and Anne, was established in Allendale East, in South Australia, in the mid-1900s by Brendan’s grandparents. Today, the farm milks 350 cows and carries 250 heifers on 794 acres of land. As a rotational grazing farm, eﬀectively picking up heats and health issues, without too many false positives, is a constant challenge at Caveview. According to Brendan, one of his biggest issues has been getting cows back into calf as quickly as possible after calving. Brendan also wanted to improve health management on the farm. He says: “I found we were culling a lot of good cows because they weren’t getting into calf, and I wanted to minimise that.”
Brendan and his father decided to implement the SCR Heatime HR LD Pro System after consulting with their local Semex representative. The SCR system’s unique rumination monitoring capabilities were a major factor in the decision, as Brendan says: “We believe rumination has a lot to do with heat; it’s another tool to try and help.” Just two weeks after installing the SCR system, Caveview got rid of its visual heat detection aids, and began relying entirely on Heatime technology. Now, nine months later, all 350 of his milking cows are wearing HR LD tags. There is also a tag on one maiden heifer – a trial to see if the system helps in getting her to first calving earlier.