In 2014 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. 18 months of surgeries, chemotherapy and long trips to specialists took it’s toll. Getting out of bed was not only difficult, but painful. Constant exhaustion and nausea meant that the normal foal watch procedure of getting up and checking the mares through the night was simply out of the question. On top of that, spending days in hospital and travelling took mum away from the farm for extended periods. Smart Foal was born to meet these new challenges and bring peace of mind, during a time of complete chaos and trauma.
Smart Foal was designed by breeders for breeders. It has been developed with the end user as a priority to ensure that, not only are we solving a real problem, we are providing an improvement to the breeders life. Ultimately we believe that if breeders have confidence in Smart Foal they will get more rest and be alert when the mare actually goes into labour. A well rested attendant at the birth will, hopefully, make better decisions and lead to better outcomes for both the mare and the foal.
We were unhappy with the 1 week battery life offered by other brands. It becomes impractical to change batteries in transmitters weekly when you have dozens or even hundreds of mares; so Smart Foal has a 6 week battery life. Smart Foal also lets you know if the batteries are getting flat.
The Smart Foal web app allows you to check on your mares activity from your phone where ever you are in the world. If you receive an alert or alarm you can simply open the app and check if you mare is lying down or if it was a false alarm caused by having her head over the fence, for example.
By using the latest technologies and approaches to design, we have been able to design a product that is reliable, easy to use and importantly, amongst the most affordable in the market.
Smart Foal is proudly designed and manufactured in Queanbeyan, Australia and has been tested at various studs in Australia and the USA.
About the Founder
After leaving school I completed a degree in Medical Biotechnology. The course was very interesting but the work was not. While working in agricultural research I attended TAFE at night to learn electronics. 12 months of that was enough to convince me to move to Canberra to study Electronic Engineering full time. I then worked in defense industries, I designed and built custom electronics for use in elite sport and scientific equipment and I ran my own consultancy business for years.
I am finally in a position to work on my own ideas/projects and loving every minute of it. I particularly enjoy being able to combine my interests in biology and electronics in a single occupation!
Founder and Lead Engineer