Whether you make your living from farming or you just prefer the company of a few animals for pleasure, keeping them safe and secure can be a full-time responsibility. Cows, horses, sheep and even swine tend to ignore the farmer's scheduling needs when it comes time to give birth. In the past, this meant farmers often spent their nights trekking back and forth to the barn to check on the welfare of laboring livestock. Now, however, farmers are welcoming durable, affordable technology onto their farms in the form of outdoor monitors to help them save time, take better care of their animals and improve total farm security.
In the Calving or Foaling Stall
Large animals, such as cows and horses rarely give birth quickly. Instead, much like humans, cows and horses may labor for several hours as the dam's body prepares to expel a calf or foal that could weigh 100 pounds or more.
In a normal bovine or equine delivery, the front feet are pushed out first, with the hooves turned downward. The head is positioned between the front forelegs, to minimize the bulk of the shoulders so that the young animal can more easily be pushed through the birth canal. If a complication arises, and the calf or foal fails to present in the in the correct position, the farmer will need to be close by and ready to assist to avoid the risk of losing both the laboring animal and the young one that is about to be born.
By installing a series of durable, outdoor monitors around the farm, the farmer can continue working around the farm and still stay on top of the calving or foaling process. Even better, the farmer can also install a monitor inside the house and another on the deck or patio so that they can enjoy a meal with family and friends while still carefully watching over laboring animals.
Using Outdoor Monitors to Improve Farm Security
Outdoor monitors along with surveillance cameras are an excellent way for farms to improve their security level without the ongoing cost of security services. Most farms are situated on a large tract of land and operated with only a few people. If the farmer is busy inside the barn, they may not hear or see threats from thieves who may try to steal machinery, fuel or even animals from areas of the farm that the farmer cannot see.
By posting surveillance cameras at entry gates to the farm, in equipment storage areas and near livestock facilities, the farmer can route all incoming video to one or more outdoor monitors placed at strategic locations around the farm. With only a quick glance at the monitors, the farmer can cut the risk of theft and improve the overall security of the farm.
Caring for Outdoor Monitors in Farm Settings
Outdoor monitors from places like I-Tech Company are specially manufactured to be able to withstand temperature changes and exposure to moisture. When used in a farm setting, however, additional care and installation tips can help them last even longer and perform better.
- When installing outdoor monitors in areas where animals are located, secure them to a wall or solid post at a height that will keep animals from reaching them with their mouths, horns or rearing hooves
- If installing an outdoor monitor in areas where power washers or high pressure air hoses are used, turn the monitor off during this time and then cover it with a plastic bag to prevent it from being damaged by bursts of pressurized water or air.
- Life on a farm can be dirty. Manure, bird droppings, dust and dirt can interfere with picture quality and make it necessary to clean it more frequently. Check with your outdoor monitor supplier for approved cleaning methods.