Development and validation of a simple technique for logging body temperature in free-ranging cattle
JM Lea, DDO Niemeyer, MT Reed, AD Fisher, DM Ferguson
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2008
This series of experiments was undertaken to develop a low animal impact, inexpensive and simple method of continuous logging of body temperature in free-ranging adult cattle for periods up to 7 days. Two different types of logger (iButton and Vemco minilogger) and three different methods of attachment (surgical implant, anal girth strap and anal tail attachment) for the iButton were investigated. The technique based on the iButton temperature logger, secured to the tail head was the most effective. This technique required minimal animal handling and provided reliable and accurate measurement of temperature in freely behaving cattle. © CSIRO 2008.