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Detecting disease in beef cattle using ear tag units
Revolutionary ear tags may aid producers in catching cattle diseases at their first signs
The devices are able to detect the most sensitive of motions, from the number of steps taken during a morning walk to the number of jaw movements during a heifer’s morning meal. In fact, some dairy producers use these devices to measure feed intake, detect heat and notably, identify sick animals.
“We know that rumination and feeding patterns change in diseased animals long before they visually show clinical signs,” said Dr. Karin Orsel, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary.