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How many Moocall calving sensors do you need? How to use our cost/benefit analysis

How many Moocall calving sensors do you need? How to use our cost/benefit analysis

One important consideration before investing in a Moocall calving sensor is to know how many devices you’ll need to cover your herd at calving time.

Different cattle operations come in all shapes and sizes, and work in different ways. Therefore there is a variety in how many calving sensors you should be running at any one time.

This can take a while to calculate, especially if you’re not sure about the impact a Moocall device will have, but there’s a solution! We designed a cost/benefit analysis for you to measure your needs.

Link to cost benefit analysis:

How to use the calculator

Our 4 step system will tell you these 6 things:

  • How many Calving Sensors you will need
  • How much these devices will cost
  • What the total annual charge will be
  • Estimated hours saved per calving week
  • Estimated profit year 1 (after device costs)
  • Estimated profit year 2 (after annual costs)

In order to calculate those things we ask you the following questions:

calf cute looking at lens camera moocall calving sensor

1. Would you like to cover your whole breeding herd or just key animals?

You have two answers here:

  • I would like to try and capture all calvings if possible.
  • I would like to focus only on the stragglers & key animals.

Certain cows are more likely to have difficulty calving than others. Conversely, other cows such as older animals, are more likely to be easy calvers.

Where this comes in for the Moocall calving sensor is that you would leave the easy calvers be, and concentrate your efforts more on the younger calvers and heifers who haven’t had as much experience calving.

Additionally, you have animals that have had trouble in the past who might take priority.

moocall tail cow price cost/benefit analysis

2. Please choose your calving system

You have 4 options here:

  • All year round calving
  • Autumn and Spring Calving
  • Block calving over 12 weeks
  • Block calving over 4-6 weeks

Naturally, if you have more cows calving together in a shorter period, you’ll need more Moocalls to cover them all. If you are more spread out over the year, you will need less.

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3. Input your breeding herd size below:

Here, you just enter your herd size. This is probably the biggest indication of how many devices you’ll need.

breeding herd size cost benefit analysis cows at feeder in shed moocall calving sensor

4. What is an extra calf worth to you?

 This is another big factor when pricing your Moocall calving sensors.

how much is a calf worth moocall calving sensor price

Breedmanager by Moocall

Breedmanager by Moocall

Breedmanager is our FREE herd and breeding management app. 

When it comes to managing your herd, we think differently about it. Rather than showing you all your cows, heifers and cattle in one long list (essentially a glorified spreadsheet), we break it down to show you the information you want, when you want it. We also make it easy to add relevant information about each animal. 

We know that when it comes to your in-calf cows, you only really need to pay attention to the ones that are due to calve in the next week or so. Or when it comes to getting them bred, you only need to watch them when they are due to cycle, not when they are mid cycle.  

To give you the information you need, we use Smart Lists. We divide your herd into manageable subsets, based on what stage of the breeding lifecycle that animal is at - we split your herd into:

  • In-calf - this smart-list features all cows and heifers that have been marked as in-calf. It highlights those that are due to give birth in the next 7 days and also includes a list of animals that recently calved. Swipe left to add a calving; swipe right to add a calving sensor to that animal. 
  • Cycling - this section lists all cows and heifers that are cycling, and makes it easy to see which are due to cycle this week. Swipe right on an animal to mark it as in-heat; swipe left to mark it as inseminated. 
  • In-heat - lists all cows and heifers marked as in heat in the last 24 hours, and a longer historical list of all heats in the last 90 days. Swipe left or right on an animal to mark it as inseminated. 
  • Inseminated - this shows a list of animals you inseminated, highlighting those who are due to repeat this week. Swipe left to assume in calf or swipe right to mark the animal as in-heat. 

We also give you the ability to track your cows, heifers, calves, bulls and beef cattle at an animal level. Easily see all events historically added to an animal such as calving events, heats, inseminations, weights, temperament, historic calving difficulty and also you can add notes to specific animals. 

The app also features a great community module. This is an area where Breedmanager by Moocall users can share pictures, ask questions and generally see how our customers from all over the world are farming. If you like pictures of cows, you will love it! 

Watch (and listen to) the overview below to learn more about how Breedmanager by Moocall works:

Breedmanager is free for anyone to use, you do not need one of our physical devices to use the breeding management or community modules. Download it now!