1. Prepare Cow
- To remove dirt from hair, blow dry area where patch will be applied.
- Apply glue to the cow where the patch will be placed.
- With glove, work the glue into hair and down to hide, covering the entire area where patch will be placed. The use of a putty knife(2 inch’s wide) works great to spread the glue and keeps the glue from getting on your hands.
- Stick patch down on glue and press to ensure good contact.
- Place paper towel over patch and excess glue around edges. This covers glue until dry and keeps the cow from swatting tail and getting it stuck on her back.
- Towel will come off in a day or two.
2. Scan patch and assign cow.
- Be sure antenna is operating before patches are scanned. The patches need to be able to communicate with the antenna.
- Be sure to order extra glue for touch ups. (1 tube does 2-3 cows, and 1 cartridge does 5 cows)
Button on patch should be on the top side, not next to the hide, with button side closest to rear of cow. Place button ahead of where a recip would need blocked to put in the embryo. This slightly forward placement on the tail head assures:
- Patch does not need to come off when implanting embryo.
- Keeps button off high point of tail head, protecting it from the main force of mounting.
- Puts the front of the patch in line with hook bones on most cows.