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The smaXtec pH Plus Bolus is exclusively designed for cattle. Under no circumstances may it be used for any other animals or humans. The minimum body weight of cows receiving a bolus is 450 kg when administered by trained staff (approximately 18 months for Holstein cows) and 300 kg when administered under veterinary supervision. If in any doubt, please consult your vet.
Make absolutely sure that the bolus has been activated correctly. If activation was successful, the LED will blink to indicate that the bolus is ready for use. Under no circumstances should you administer the bolus if the blinking pattern is incorrect,, as it will not measure any data. Once boluses are administered, they cannot be withdrawn and activated.
After insertion, smaXtec boluses need to settle on the floor of the reticulum as quickly as possible. For this reason, it is important to ensure that the fibrous material in the rumen is not too dense. Therefore, cows should not eat right before bolus application.
First, remove the label from the bottom of the smaXtec pH Plus Bolus.
Pour the buffer solution pH 7.00 into a narrow container (please note minimum filling level) and remove the sponge from the sensor tip.
Next, start the initialisation process by holding the magnet delivered with the Base Station onto the marked point on the bolus. Fast flashing (each 0.5 second for the duration of 1 minute) indicates that initialisation has started.
Then, place the smaXtec pH Plus Bolus into the container sensor head first and gently shake it. Calibration of the smaXtec pH Plus Bolus takes at least 5 minutes. During this time the LED starts to repeatedly flash three times in succession.
After successful initialisation and calibration, the LED flashes every two seconds for a period of 30 minutes.
If the LED flashes very rapidly (every 100 milliseconds), initialisation has failed. In this case, contact customer support and do not administer the bolus.
After successful initialisation you can first assign the smaXtec pH Plus Bolus to an animal, next administer it to an animal using the smaXtec bolus applicator.
Note the animal identification next to the serial number on the provided list or assign the bolus directly to an animal in the smaXtec App or Messenger. You can either create new animals or select from existing animals in the system (e.g. uploaded via animal importer). Afterwards, you can administer the bolus. Ensure that only successfully initialised boluses are administered. After at least 30 minutes from bolus administration, you can access the first cow data in the smaXtec software.