Introduction and General Overview of the 'Birth Alarm' foaling system
The 'Birth Alarm' foaling system knows that a mare in foal will display protective instincts that go far deeper than the bond between the mare and her keeper. The mares delivery is a time when she feels vulnerable and unless the mare is totally at ease, it is suspected that she can actually delay the birth of the foal until she feels that she will not be disturbed.
In consequence, signals that the delivery is about to happen can be barely discernable or even absent. However, research has shown that during her contractions the mare will lie down totally on her flanks. In this totally lateral position the mare is able to gauge each contraction and control the final expulsive phase of the delivery.
'Birth Alarm' Foaling System works by utilising this physiological phenomenon.
'Birth Alarm' Foaling System consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is attached to an antiroll girth which is placed around the horse’s withers. The mare experiences no discomfort whatsoever from the leather girth.
The transmitter has a range of 500 meters (1650 Feet), which can be extended with the aid of a GSM selector, telephone dialler or pager and is waterproof, so the system is ideal for use with births that take place either in or outdoors. Set the receiver in the desired place, for example in the bedroom and plug it in. A 12 volt adapter is available for isolated locations. If you're often away from home, the Birth Alarm telephone selector allows the receiver to call you at the number where you are available.
The latest models of the 'Birth Alarm' Foaling System are fitted with a control function for testing the battery in the sender and if the transmission signal is being received properly; (This version is recognisable by the green label on the back of the sender and the receiver).
An expert in the area of equine reproduction, Dr. Meyers, completed his residency in Theriogenology Veterinary Reproduction at Texas A & M University in 1985. Since then he has worked within this field both at breeding farm level and University; he is currently at the Cheltenham Veterinary Centre in Inglewood, Ontario. He provides the following endorsement...
'Having tested the Birth Alarm Foal monitoring system on a number of mares it seems to me that the 'Birth Alarm' is the ideal foaling management tool for the breeder who does not want to worry about unattended foalings. It alerts the mare breeder that a mare is foaling reliably and accurately. It is very cost effective, especially in light of the cost of stud fees these days. No mare breeder truly serious about reproductive management and wanting to minimize losses at foaling through unattended birthing problems can afford to be without this system. In effect it is relatively inexpensive insurance.'
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