Most Commonly Asked Questions

How far  will a transmitter transmit?
Unlike other system, distance is not an issue with AccuBreed.  Because of its proprietary antenna arrays on its solar powered base stations and repeaters, AccuBreed can transmit data for miles from cattle to computer.

Are hills going to be a problem?
No.  Repeaters and long range antennas will solve any hill problem

How long will the patches stay on?
Patch longevity is a function of a number of things, including, but not limited to, number of mounts, heat and humidity, age of the glue, shape of the tailhead, amount and condition of the hair, time of the year, breed of cow, efficiency of the applicator, and maintenance schedule.  In general, under normal circumstances, you can expect about 30 days on a dairy cow and about 50 mounts on a beef cow before serious maintenance is needed.

Will the signals go through buildings?
Yes, especially when data is being transmitter from the base station to the router.  It will, however, become more difficult as the distance increases beyond one mile

Will this frequency interfere with anything on my farm or will anything interfere with it?
Theoretically, yes.  However, given the antenna design used in AccuBreed, it will be very difficult to stop a signal.  A site survey kit is available for loan if you would like to perform a test that will determine how well AccuBreed will work in the operation

How do I know when a transmitter isn’t working?
There is a fail safe system built into the transmitters to let you constantly know their status.  Each transmitter activates itself and checks in with the computer every hour.  If a transmitter fails to check in, the software will inform you which one  is not working.  In addition, every time a check in signal is sent, the signal strength and voltage will be displayed

Will it work on my computer?
AccuBreed software will run on most computers running XP or higher as long as all service packs are up to date

My breeding pasture is quite away from my house.  How can I get the information?
As stated earlier, AccuBreed’s unique antenna technology alternatives allows data transmission of up to ten miles.  A sales representative will review the physical aspects of your operation using Google Maps satellite view and will provide feedback on the different alternatives for getting data from the base station to the computer

How long do transmitters last?
AccuBreed transmitters are rechargeable.  A single charge will last several months.  They can be re-charged up to 500 times.

When is the best time to AI a cow?
According to the classic time to insemination study completed by Dr. Ray Nebel while he was at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the best time to breed a dairy cow is 4-14 hours after the onset of heat.  Research projects that were done on beef herds are showing that the window may be a little further out for beef cows (8-18 hours).

Will this technology be obsolete in a couple of years?
No.  AccuBreed will evolve over the next several years with new features and enhancements that can be retrofitted into your existing system

How long will a battery powering a base station or a repeater last?
As long as the sun keeps shining once in a while.  A solar unit can go 20 days without sunshine

Does weather or temperature affect the glue?
Weather and temperature can affect the performance of the pre-glued AccuBreed patch.  Cold temperatures prevent the glue from adhering correctly.  To solve this, make sure that you keep the patches warm prior to using it.  If you are putting a lot of patches on during cold weather, keep the patches in a calf warmer or other warm place.  The glue will work well in cold weather as long as it is applied warm.