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Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby regolith » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:50 am

I've never used them before.
What do people recommend? I know where to get estrotect patches, kamars or there's these things: https://webshop.lic.co.nz/cws001/catalo ... cale=en_NZ

Trying to pick out cows that are not showing visible signs of heat when observed twice daily, or getting their tailpaint rubbed.
The apparent conception rate is unrealistically high this year. I could go another six weeks AI, but I need to somehow catch them cycling.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby dun » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:27 am

These are what we've been using tha past 5 years or so. Really like them, cost about a buck a piece
http://estrotect.com/estrotect-heat-detector/
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby CSM » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:20 am

They have worked well for me. Two weeks or so after we breed I put a new one on and watch for the next cycle. I have also used them with a cleanup bull.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby slick4591 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:58 am

CSM wrote:They have worked well for me. Two weeks or so after we breed I put a new one on and watch for the next cycle. I have also used them with a cleanup bull.
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Exactly what I'm going to do today. Estrotect are the ones I use.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby branguscowgirl » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:22 am

dun wrote:These are what we've been using tha past 5 years or so. Really like them, cost about a buck a piece
http://estrotect.com/estrotect-heat-detector/

X 2. I also have used these for several years. Sometimes I even put 2 of them on, one about 3 inches or so ahead of the other. I found that during fly season it helps me to rule out the tail rubbing them off better.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby Named'em Tamed'em » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:19 pm

I like the estrotect patches, they stay on good. Put one on a cow last night that blood tested open, and a heifer and another cow have had one on for over four weeks (still silver). But we don't have any brush or bushes for them to get into.

You can see the hot pink color from quit a distance. And like Dun said there only a buck apiece.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby plumber_greg » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:26 pm

You can get them in any color, would be hard to see hot pink on hot pink cows. gs
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby dun » Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:54 pm

plumber_greg wrote:You can get them in any color, would be hard to see hot pink on hot pink cows. gs

I use green on the red cows and hot pink on the black ones.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby regolith » Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:16 pm

Yeah, the brush is a problem with the tailpaint too but we don't have any on this farm.
They're considerably more than a buck apiece here. Going to get red, I reckon. The tailpaint is blue and most of the cows are black or fawn, I figured red would show up best... didn't know you could get hot pink

I'm planning on using them on the cows that have cycled within the last four weeks, the one that hasn't cycled and any I've mated that weren't showing good heat behaviour at the time. Doing the whole herd would be a bit more expensive and time consuming.
Last three weeks I've mated about what I'd normally expect to see on heat in the coming three weeks; at the apparent pregnancy rate 95% of them should be in calf right now (end of wk 9). Nope, I don't believe it.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby branguscowgirl » Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:41 pm

Wouldn't that be great if you had 95% bred!

I personally like the hot pink detectors for my black cattle. It gives the city folks that are driving by something to talk about! ;-)
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby regolith » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:42 pm

Tried one couldn't get it to stick.
I'd hoped since it's late spring and they're all shedded out that wiping the coat clean would be enough... guess I'm going to have to get a brush to do it.

At least I've got one to AI this morning, showing proper behaviour yesterday evening.
It's been a few days since any have been on.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby branguscowgirl » Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:18 pm

regolith wrote:Tried one couldn't get it to stick.
I'd hoped since it's late spring and they're all shedded out that wiping the coat clean would be enough... guess I'm going to have to get a brush to do it.

At least I've got one to AI this morning, showing proper behaviour yesterday evening.
It's been a few days since any have been on.

I don't even brush mine to put them on. They are still there after 2 mos........Did you buy the Estrotect brand? Some cheaper ones don't stick well. I have found that fly rub will cause you big problems!
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby dun » Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:19 pm

The only ones I've had getting to stay on were on curly haired Herefords.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby regolith » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:48 pm

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regolith wrote:Tried one couldn't get it to stick.
I'd hoped since it's late spring and they're all shedded out that wiping the coat clean would be enough... guess I'm going to have to get a brush to do it.

At least I've got one to AI this morning, showing proper behaviour yesterday evening.
It's been a few days since any have been on.

I don't even brush mine to put them on. They are still there after 2 mos........Did you buy the Estrotect brand? Some cheaper ones don't stick well. I have found that fly rub will cause you big problems!


Yeah, it's got the same instructions as in Dun's link and came with a sticky cloth. Cow looked clean but even after wiping, the patch just acted like one of them lint rollers. I'll try warming them in a cooler like they suggest - I'm not sure I'm human enough for the warming next to the skin lark.
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Re: Stick-on heat detection patches

Postby branguscowgirl » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:08 pm

I'm not sure I'm human enough for the warming next to the skin lark.

Yeah, I stick them under my bra. If I don't have a bra on that day, they don't stick so good. :cowboy:
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