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Pedometers: A Step in the Right Direction? Farming Note

It's a shocking statistic but only 50% of all heats are detected in the average herd. Increasing this by 10% would save over £7,000 per year for a typical 150 cow herd. Some cows display signs of heat for only a few hours, so even with regular observation these cows may be missed. One option for improving heat detection is the use of pedometers (activity meters).

This Farming Note covers:

  • Types of pedometer
  • Winter and summer use
  • Interpreting activity records
  • Are pedometers worth the money
  • Who should consider pedometers?

Issued October 2005.

This Farming Note is only available to members

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Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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