2014-11-10   facebook twitter rss

Cogent’s PinPoint Tops the Table

Cogent’s PinPoint heat detection monitors have scored another industry triumph by outperforming their competitors in a newly published independent report.

PinPoint activity monitors scored an average 4.6 out of a maximum five points when assessed by a group of users for a range of features, receiving top marks in a number of categories. The results showed that PinPoint is rated highly by users of the equipment, with overall opinions being consistently higher in many categories than those received for activity monitors from the other main players, against which they were compared.

PinPoint collars on grazing cows

PinPoint collars on grazing cows

The report, which was produced by independent dairy specialists, Kingshay, looked at activity monitors as part of a broader analysis of heat detection, and weighed up each monitor for a range of features. These features included: ease of attachment; ease of interpretation of results; staff training; accuracy of suggested heats; reliability of equipment and value for money.

PinPoint scored the maximum five points in four of the six categories, which was more than any other system.

The report was based on a survey amongst farmer users and was undertaken by Kingshay’s John Bennett, who is also a dairy farmer himself.

Amongst the benefits users found particularly helpful were the PinPoint collars’ replaceable batteries, giving a potentially longer lifespan, and the system’s compatibility with tablets and smartphones, as well as the farm’s computer.

Commenting on the range of systems analysed, Mr Bennett observed: “The first generation of pedometers are limited to measuring steps but the new activity monitors measure the force of acceleration and G-force in 2D or 3D and calculate activity using fine-tuned algorithms.”

This was said to make the new generation more accurate and to open the way for additional uses, including indications of poor health. This was identified as a further benefit of PinPoint, whose users valued the precision of recording which identified declines in activity which could be due to illness.

Asked whether aids to heat detection were needed on every farm, Mr Bennett believed they were but said that in some situations, this could comprise a simple system.

“Many people think they can spot a cow bulling and it’s true that they can,” he said. “But even the best person needs heat detection aids as they cannot be there for 24 hours a day.

“Heat detection aids are vital in increasing pregnancy rate and everyone should use one,” he continued.

However, he stressed that the most suitable system for any farm depended on each situation and operator, and said that whilst Kingshay would not recommend a particular product, the heat detection report contained an action plan and would help farmers with decision making.

Copies of the report, Heat Detection Tried and Tested - which reviews all aids to heat detection and not solely activity monitors - have been sent to Kingshay members.

PinPoint’s success in this report follows a Kansas University study reported in the prestigious Journal of Dairy Science which revealed the system accurately identified heat in over 88% of cows.


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