First Alert after Sensor Activation
|Temperature increase||The temperature increased significantly|
|Temperature decrease||The temperature decreased significantly (no calving expected)|
|Normal temperature||Display of normal temperature of the animal based on its individual data of the last 5 days|
Starting on day 5
|Decrease of activity||Check for reasons (lameness, sick cow)|
|Too few drinking cycles||Number of drinking cycles per day is insufficient|
|Reduction of drinking cycles||The number of drinking cycles has decreased significantly compared to the previous day|
|Calving (Temperature decrease)||The temperature decreased significantly within the expected calving period|
|Estrus||Increased activity and >20 DIM|
|Increase of activity||Increased activity and <20 DIM|
|Indication of reduced feed efficiency||Large fluctuations of pH reduce nutrient utilization|
|Indication of an increased risk of acidosis||When pH is below a 5.8 for more than 300 minutes per day, an increased risk of acidosis is indicated|
|Sudden decrease of average pH level||Deviation in average daily pH: Sudden changes or errors in feed management|
|Mild heat stress||THI > 72 -> mild heat stress|
|Medium heat stress||THI > 78 -> medium heat stress|
|Severe heat stress||THI > 82 -> severe heat stress|
If an event has occurred that triggers a day-based event, this is created in the system at 24:00 each time. Depending on the readout, the exact time may also differ, as the data for the respective time period must be transferred to the server first. The day-based events include alerts on the drinking cycles and pH alerts.
These events are created as soon as an event occurs that triggers an alert (or as soon as the data for that time period is received by the server). These include alerts such as the drop in rumination activity, temperature alerts, oestrus and calving alerts, movement activity alerts, and Climate Sensor alerts.
Climate Sensor alerts are also sample-based, with each alert type generated only 1x per day (i.e., a maximum of one alert each for mild, moderate, and severe heat stress).
*THI = (1.8 * Temperature + 32) – ((0.55 – 0.0055 * Humidity) * (1.8 * Temperature – 26))
You can share data with other users or request a data share from another user via Information > Data sharing. According to the requirements of each user, you can select a role for the optimal use of the software.
Here’s an overview of available roles and functions:
|Update animal information|
|Change animal tags|
|Update device information|
|Update calving information|
|Update estrus information|
Additionally, a user can have “read-only”-status. This type of user can look up information but cannot make any modifications.
The insemination task list includes a visual insemination window enabling you to see the ideal insemination time at a glance. The insemination window comprises the following phases:
When the actual insemination window begins, the color of the field changes and information is shown as follows:
In phases 3 to 5, an arrow indicates which phase you are currently in. For a better overview, phases that are already over change color.
The insemination window is no longer displayed after 36h in the dashboard. You can always access past insemination windows in the message list.
The heat index is an additional value that can be displayed as a curve in cow diagrams. It takes into account all information smaXtec has about the heat of an animal and gives you a better insight into the length and extent of a heat.
You can access the heat index in the smaXtec App and the smaXtec Messenger by adjusting the parameters to be displayed.
The calving indicator is a separate line in the individual animal chart that shows the probability of calving and becomes more and more sensitive until the expected calving date. It is displayed from 14 days before the expected calving date and ends when calving is confirmed in the system.
The calving indicator makes it visible and comprehensible when a calving message is sent. By observing the calving index, you can monitor animals with a visible increase more closely even before the calving notification is sent.
You can access the corresponding diagrams both in the App and in Messenger under the menu item Groups. Due to the narrower scale (36 – 44° Celsius) and excluding the drinking cycles, even small temperature fluctuations are visible for you.
To use the group metrics, it is particularly important that each animal is assigned to a group and that these correspond to the actual groups in the barn. Furthermore, at least 70% of the animals in the group must be read out to calculate the group metric.