Greeley company's software honored as Top 10 new ag product [Greeley Tribune, Colo.]
(Greeley Tribune (CO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 22--International accolades can now be added to the success story of a Greeley company that in just three years has spread its products across the globe.
DVM Systems' TempTrack Plus software, which predicts ovulation for dairy cows, was selected this month as one of the Top 10 New Products of the Year at the 2013 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.
In addition to its award-winning software, DVM Systems has a temperature-monitoring bolus that -- after being administered orally like a pill and staying in the cow's stomach for her lifetime -- continuously monitors each cow's temperature and alerts producers to key health or breeding events.
The new ovulation-detection software, used in combination with the temperatures-monitoring bolus, is the first commercial product that uses internal body temperature to successfully identify dairy cows that ovulate.
Giving producers a better understanding of a cow's temperature and her ovulation can improve the animal's health and conception rates -- saving lives, labor and potentially millions of dollars for the dairy industry, officials say.
"We knew we had a game-changer," Kevin Wild, CEO of DVM Systems, said of their technology. "But we did not expect this recognition from one of the world's leading ag shows. We're very excited about this."
DVM Systems' new software predicts ovulation 12 hours in advance to identify cows that are actually cycling.
Instead of relying on the cow's activity or behavior, the bolus and the ovulation-monitoring software provide measurement of a physiologic parameter.
More than three years of research with five different universities in the U.S. and Canada have been incorporated into DVM Systems' software.
The temperature-measuring bolus was patented by Wade Webster, a Greeley native and now a doctor in Seattle, who -- along with Wild, Bud and Rob Stanley and Scott Asnicar -- was one of the five investors who started DVM Systems.
In recent years, the company has marketed its bolus to the world.
The company has recently worked with distributors or is in talks with distributors in Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the U.S., including Weld County.
The recent honor in California could help DVM Systems expand its presence globally, and also could help bring more attention to Greeley -- an already well-known hub of the dairy industry, according to Rob Stanley.
"I learned at the show (in California) that people everywhere in the dairy industry know about Greeley," said Rob Stanley, whose father, Bud, has owned businesses in Greeley since 1956.
"I'm a Greeley boy," Rob added, with a slight laugh. "So that's good to hear."
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