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Pheromone-based sensor system for detecting estrus in dairy cows

Objective

In order to control the calving interval, and therefore to optimise milk production and maximise offspring in dairy cattle, artificial insemination (AI) is widely used. Currently, the conception rate of AI varies from 30% to 70%, the most critical aspect of successful conception being the timing of the insemination. Highest conception rates are achieved when the insemination is done 8 to 12 hours after the start of estrus (also known as “standing heat”). The right timing of AI, therefore, is related to detection of estrus in a cow. The BOVINOSE project aims to develop an “electronic nose” to detect estrus in a dairy cow, and thus to determine the optimal timing of artificial insemination. The physical principle is based on detection of sex pheromones that are exclusively secreted by the cow during estrus. These pheromones are the natural olfactory signal for the bull that the cow is in heat. Simply put, in essence, the device to be developed will mimic the bull’s nose. To this end the info-chemicals that make up the sex pheromones in cows will be investigated, a set of sensors for detection of these sex pheromones (or mix thereof) will be researched, and a functional prototype, consisting of a probe, an array of sensors and dedicated, integrated software for control and user-interaction will be developed and tested in field trials. The impact of the project is high, tapping the dairy farming market, which consists of some 1,700,000 farmers in the EU-27, producing about 135 Billion Kg milk annually. Preliminary investigations show that a selling price of € 1,800 would be economically attractive to the entire SME supply chain, providing an overall estimated profit of 10%-25% (depending on batch size). A sales price of € 1,800 would imply an attractive 15 months payout time for the dairy farmer (end user) with a herd of 60 cows, based on costs savings related to higher AI conception rate from 50% average to 60% (conservative estimation).

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

PRO SUPPORT BV
Address
Amarilstraat 11
7550 AN Hengelo
Netherlands
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 84 160
Administrative Contact
Henk Van Ekelenburg (Mr.)

Participants (9)

UAB PRECIZIKA METROLOGY
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 207 633,75
Address
Zirmunu 139
09120 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Algimantas Barakauskas (Dr.)
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO INNOWACYJNO-WDROZENIOWE COMPLEX SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 127 103,10
Address
Ul. Jabloniowa 42/6
40 111 Katowice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Grzegorz Zalot (Mr.)
NIFA-INSTRUMENTEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 175 520,17
Address
Amperestraat 4
8912AD Leeuwarden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Postma (Mr.)
IMV-Technologies
France
EU contribution
€ 299 220,43
Address
Rue Georges Clemenceau 10
61300 L'aigle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Schmitt (Mr.)
G.H.J. Aveskamp
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 109 751,58
Address
Glanerbrugdijk 12
7582 RC Losser
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerald Aveskamp (Mr.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kenneth Andersson (Mr.)
PERSPEKTYVINIU TECHNOLOGIJU TAIKOMUJU TYRIMU INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
Address
Vismaliuku Str. 34
10423 Vilnius
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Algirdas Galdikas (Dr.)
GEZONDHEIDSDIENST VOOR DIEREN BV
Netherlands
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Arnsbergstraat 7
7418EZ Deventer
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ton De Gee (Dr.)
SMART Research BV
Netherlands
Address
Geert Grooteplein-noord 21 / 126
6525EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wim Wiegerinck (Dr.)