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The innovative leader in heat detection ever since.

General Use Hints
Standard Adhesive Hints
QuickStick Kamar Detector Hints

General Use Hints

  • Code your tags with the cow's I.D. number. Should the tag become scrubbed off during an aggressive mount you will know which one to watch for "heat" activity.

  • This helpful hint sounds simple but it is important - Make sure the arrow points forward.

  • After breeding apply a second detector to help determine if she re-cycles. A second Kamar Heatmount Detector can be a good, inexpensive indicator to help determine if she is bred as well as check for repeat breeding. If the original detector is still firmly attached simply cut off the plastic bubble and apply a new detector on top of the old patch. (QuickStick Kamar Detector users will need to remove the old detector.)

  • Detector placement is critical to the product success. A gauge based on animal weight is supplied with each box of detectors. Use this gauge to determine approximate placement. Common sense should rule as to final placement. Always position the detector so it will receive maximum pressure from the brisket of a mounting animal. Size of the mounted animal versus the mounting animal will influence this final position. Keep in mind that Kamar Heatmount Detectors are an aid in identifying estrus in cattle. Common sense and appropriate visual observation are still necessary for a successful A.I. program.

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The following tips were provided by helpful and satisfied users. For most suggestions, the type of operation and its location are provided.

Our Personal Favorite Tip:

  • "Leaving them in the box just wasn't catching them in heat! Putting them on the cows has sure helped us the best!" - Dairy, New England

Tips on Timing

from various users across North America

  • "We use the detectors to determine when cows return to cycling after calving."

  • "We use a breeding calendar to determine when she's due to come into heat, and we put on a Kamar detector 2-3 days before." - Dairy, Ohio

  • "We use them to determine if a cow comes back into heat after breeding."

  • "In order to catch returns, we always keep a Kamar detector on until she is confirmed pregnant."

Tips on How to Use Kamar Detectors

  • "After breeding, we apply a fresh detector and write the date on it to catch returns." - Dairy, Wisconsin and Virginia

  • "With Kamar detectors as part of our LutalyseŽ program, we get a greatly improved pregnancy rate." - Dairy, Nebraska

  • "We use 'gomer' bulls with Kamar detectors; the detectors are always fully triggered after the bull rides them." - AI Technician, Iowa

  • "We always use 2 Kamar detectors, to make sure we catch the heat." - Dairy, Wisconsin

  • "We use tail-paint along with the Kamar detector for additional signs of heat." - Dairy, Nebraska

  • "We write the cow's ID number on the detector with a felt-tip marker. It helps us catch the cows whose detectors have been rubbed off." - Dairy, Wisconsin

Tips on Applying Kamar Detectors

  • "We vary the placement of the Kamar detector, depending on her size." - Beef, Missouri

  • "I crease the sides of the detector to help shape it to the cow's tailhead." - Dairy, Georgia and Wisconsin

  • "We make sure we curry loose hair before applying the detector." - Beef, Nebraska; Dairy, Pennsylvania

  • "I come back and press on the detector about 20 minutes after application. This helps them always stay on." - Dairy, Pennsylvania

  • "We use the blue spreader both for applying the glue and for pressing down the edges of the detector." - Dairy, Georgia

  • "I study each individual cow, and then use my own judgment about where to apply the detector." - Missouri

Standard Adhesive Hints
  • A thin even layer of adhesive on detector and animal gives much better adhesion than a big glob. Sometimes less is better.

  • "I use a lesser amount of glue than suggested, but still get the same holding action" - Dairy, Iowa

  • "Make sure you allow the glue to tack up for as long as (10 min., 30 min., 1 hour)." - Various users from across the USA and Canada

  • "We use the blue spreader both for applying the glue and for pressing down the edges of the detector." - Dairy, Georgia

  • "After applying the detector, we remove it for about 10 seconds to allow the glue to tack up; then we firmly press the detector back onto the tailhead" - Dairy, Ontario

  • "I finally read the directions, and now also put the glue on the tailhead. The detectors stay on much better!" - Dairy, South Carolina

  • "I come back and press on the detector about 20 minutes after application. This helps them always stay on." - Dairy, Pennsylvania

  • "I put Bag Balm on the tip of the glue tube to keep the cap from sticking to the tube." - Dairy, Pennsylvania

  • "I trim the edges of the yellow applicator, so that the detector hangs over the edges. It keeps the applicator cleaner, and it makes it easier to remove the detector from the applicator." - Dairy, Ontario and North Carolina

  • "I use WD-40 to clean the glue off my hands." - Beef, Kansas

  • "I use Dairy Wipes for easier clean-up." - Dairy, Pennsylvania

  • "I wear disposable milking gloves to keep glue off my hands." - Many users from across the nation

QuickStick Kamar Detector Hints

Helpful suggestions for using the QuickStick Kamar detectors can be found on the QuickStick Kamar Detector Page. The QuickStick Kamar detector is a new product, and we don't have many hints to offer just yet! If you have success with the QuickStick Kamar Detector, please let us know by submitting a tip below.

Have a Tip for Us?

Do you have a Helpful Hint for us, or some useful tip for using the Kamar detectors? Send it to us at joshua@kamarinc.com. Thank you!

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