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RDPE - Countryside Productivity Scheme - Small Grant Scheme

RDPE - Countryside Productivity Scheme - Small Grant Scheme

The RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme is a Small Grant Scheme for England.

Through this, you can get 40% off purchasing farm equipment between the value of ยฃ3,000 and ยฃ30,000.

All Moocall devices (Moocall Calving Sensor, Moocall HEAT) are available for purchase through the scheme.

If you want to learn more about this great opportunity, read our full blog here: https://gb.moocall.com/blogs/news/rdpe-countryside-productivity-scheme-small-grant-scheme

Moocall HEAT launches test farm in New Zealand

Moocall HEAT launches test farm in New Zealand

Moocall HEAT testing is underway in New Zealand, and our Kiwi test farmers are seeing the benefits already - setup took just 2 hours!

Our tester Brendan arrived on the farm in Canterbury, South Island for setup on the 600-head farm belonging to George and Rachel.

They use 2-year-old Jersey teaser (vasectomised) Bulls for heat detection but to make the test fair, they decided to use the Moocall HEAT collars on a separate heifer herd of ~100 for the next 3 weeks.

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Brendan tagged all the heifers with the Moocall RFID tag. He used a Leader tagger, that he found matched the Moocall tag well.

The workflow was good, and the Breedmanager App scanned the QR code fast in potentially difficult lighting - strong sun and shadows.

All tags were attached as per Moocall instructions - with the antenna to the back of the ear.

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The bulls took to the collars with only a small amount of protest โ€“ got a rub in a pile of gravel, but they seemed settled within half an hour.

Rachel and George then got set up with the Moocall Breedmanager app, which took seconds. Brendan downloaded and installed Breedmanager for his Android phone and set up his account.

He then Downloaded Apple version for George and Rachel. Georgeโ€™s cellphone was also registered for SMS messages.

Tagging, collar attaching and app setup were all complete in the space of 2 hours. Which isnโ€™t bad when youโ€™re saving hundreds of hours in a season!

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And here is the beauty of the system in action. Our tester Brendan got his alert about heat activity 4 hours later when he was in the airport.

Prepare your Moocall for calving season

Prepare your Moocall for calving season

In order to use your calving sensor most effectively this calving season, you should prepare it for action so you can hit the ground running.

With over 15,000 customers using our devices, the folks here at Moocall know the pitfalls and best practices for farmers using them.

Here's a short video to give you an idea of what to do:

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We've also done up a checklist of things to do with your calving sensor before you enter calving season.