TexasBred wrote: Randi wrote:
TexasBred wrote:That as my question. Who watches calving when you're asleep??? Seems it would require 24/7 monitoring or it would be worthless.
There is no need to monitor it 24/7. It is one of those...work smarter, not harder....deals. With the camera, our cows actually get checked more often than when we went out and did it in person. Especially at night. Whenever someone wakes up to go to the washroom, you just check the camera. No need to get dressed, and if there's nothing to worry about, 10 min later you're back in bed asleep. Plus, the camera in the barn makes things a lot less stressful for any cows calving. Just check them remotely, they don't even notice. If you were to walk up to the barn to check, you interrupt things, probably takes 20 min for some cows to settle back down.
When one wakes us.....keyword.....sleep 10 minutes longer and you may lose a calf. Sounds like it's more of a convenience than more effective system.
I suppose it would be a convenience. But a convenience, that I know has saved calves. At least 2 or 3 last spring (sac over their nose) And definitely a convenience that saves a LOT of sleep. More sleep = happier people= less arguments and less error.
Is it more effective than going out and checking in person? Yes, and no. There really is NO replacement for going out and checking in person. The camera doesn't give you a 'feel' for what is going on. When a cow walks away from you, that normally would not even move unless you step on her. And I've gone out a few times because I thought maybe there was something going on that didn't seem 'right', only to get out there are find no problem. BUT, I've watched a calf born on the camera, saw that the sac didn't break, and been able to get there in time to save the calf, same thing for a calf that was dropped upside down. Most will wiggle themselves out, but we've had to go out and help a couple.
If we have a cow that we know is calving, we will check on her in, at most, an hour (usually 1/2 hour), and I don't have to go out and aggravate her to do it. That, is where I think it is really more effective. Not having to disturb a calving cow. I can sit there and watch her calve, 20 minutes....I've tried the same thing in the pasture, and had to finally walk away, because they won't settle down and have the calf.