Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering what the OPIS Controller can really do for you?

Want to know how it works and if it’s right for your farm?

We have all the answers right here.

  • How often do I need to recharge the OrbVie Mobile?

    The Orbvie Mobile operates with a high capacity rechargeable battery which should give approximately 12-15 fills between charges. Charging will take approximately 6-8 hours.

  • How many doses can I expect to get out of the OrbVie Mobile?

    This will depend on the product being used. The Orbvie Mobile capacity is 5 Litres and this should give approximately 600 doses of concentrated mineral blends and approximately 60 doses of higher volume/less concentrated mixes.

  • How robust is the OrbVie?

    The Mobile Orbvie is designed to withstand normal farmyard use including deployment in troughs with livestock. It should not be subjected to temperatures less than 2 deg C (37 deg F).

  • Will my cows or cattle play with the OrbVie?

    It is always possible that a curious animal may interact with the Mobile Orbvie but extensive tests have shown that damage by livestock is unlikely.

  • Will the OrbVie work in small troughs?

    Yes, the Mobile Orbvie will work in troughs of any size. The trough should measure a minimum of 400mm x 700mm x 400mm deep

    The Orbvie also comes equipped with the option of extending the supply line, so an Orbvie can be placed behind or beside a small trough.

  • How do I know when the OrbVie is empty?

    Once a program is set the App will set up reminders for registered users as follows:

    • a push notification on the day before the Orbvie will be empty
    • a push notification on the morning of the day the Orbvie will be empty
    • A reminder to refill on the day following if Orbvie program has not been reset
  • My cows drink a lot after milking – is the OrbVie enough to supplement them with what they need?

    The Orbvie is pre-programmed to follow a drinking pattern for most common farming systems. Once the correct herd type is selected the Orbvie will dispense minerals to follow average water consumption patterns.

  • How do I know my cows are getting an even dose?

    Within any herd there are varying water intakes depending on activity, milk yield etc. The Orbvie puts the correct amount of minerals for the herd into the water for the day and each animal will get their allocation when drinking.

  • Can I use multiple OrbVie’s on farm?

    Yes – the App is set up to control multiple Orbvies

  • I do not have a smartphone – what are my options?

    A smartphone or Bluetooth enabled tablet or laptop is necessary to use the App which controls the Orbvie.

  • Does the OrbVie require a sim card to work?

    The Orbvie does not require a SIM card. All communications are via Bluetooth when in proximity to the Orbvie.

  • How do I communicate with the OrbVie?

    The Orbvie is controlled by the Orbvie App developed by Terra Nutritech

  • How long does it take to set up each time?

    The Orbvie is very quick to set up and use. Filling and setting up the Orbvie should be achieved in approximately 3 minutes per fill.

  • Is the OrbVie frostproof?

    No- the Orbvie is not frostproof and should be removed from troughs if there is a risk of frost. When storing the Orbvie it is important to run the short purge program to ensure the Orbvie is clear of liquids in case of frost.

  • What is the guarantee with the OrbVie?

    The Orbvie has a 12-month warranty to cover replacement in the event of malfunction subject to normal wear and tear.

  • What if the OrbVie is not working – who do I call?

    Log via the App to register the fault and complete the online questionnaire. Terra Nutritech will respond with a test cycle protocol that will determine the probable cause and enable a solution to be implemented.

  • I don’t have mineral issues, why do I need to use this system?

    There are a number of costs incurred as a result of not giving minerals to your herd. Veterinary costs can be increased due to bad herd health, you’re at an increased risk of milk fevers and grass tetany which can be costly.

  • Can the system work with small water pipes?

    Our Opis Controller can be fitted to any type or size of water piping currently fitted on your farm. Our technicians will connect the necessary valves to your current system and pump minerals into water troughs. The full installation is complete in one day.

  • What if it rains?

    Our intelligent Opis Controller automatically adjusts the concentration of minerals entering the water depending on volume of water been consumed. Therefore, during wet weather animals drink less and so a higher concentration of minerals is dosed into the water, whereas, in warm weather animals consume more water which results in a lower concentration of minerals been dosed into the water troughs.

  • How long does it take to install?

    Installation takes one day to complete by a trained professional. The system is connected to your existing water piping and minerals are pumped into water troughs. The compact design means there is minimal space needed on your farm to fit the Opis Controller and there is also an outdoor unit available if required.

    Minerals are delivered and stored in heavy duty plastic containers and can be refilled from a 40metre distance ensuring no mess or wastage.

  • I’m no good with technology, will I be able to use the system?

    Our Opis Controller requires minimal input from you, so you don’t need to worry about being tech savvy. All you need to do is make sure the correct herd numbers are entered into the Opis Controller and let us do the rest. Our service includes full support and monitoring of the system at no additional cost.

  • Can individual farm requirements be met with mineral supplies?

    We customise our mineral packages to suit your individual farm; after monitoring your herds’ usage and completing tests on their existing health, we will prescribe a mineral mix tailored specifically to fulfil the needs of your animals.

  • How much does it cost?

    There is an initial installation fee, and then an ongoing lease charge for the unit. Mineral costs are separate, and transparently costed on a per head per day basis .

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  • How do I know they are actually getting the minerals?

    Our mineral solution dilutes evenly into the water, therefore every time an animal drinks they are receiving an equal amount of mineral concentrate throughout the day

  • What if the minerals don’t reach the troughs on time?

    The mineral concentrate dilutes evenly into water pipes and are flushed through the system at the same rate as your water flow ensuring all animals receive the volume of minerals every day.

  • I have bulls on the farm, can they get magnesium?

    Yes, volume through 1000m (assume a cow drinks 15l per visit to trough)
    ¾ = 314L @ 21 cows taking 1 drink
    1 = 491L 33 cows taking one drink
    1 = ¼ 804L 54 cows taking one drink
    1 = ½ 1257L 84 cows taking one drink

  • Can I trust this new technology?

    Yes. TERRA NutriTECH Opis Controller is a new innovative technology for automating mineral consumption. The concept originated in the pharmaceutical and water management sectors. As TERRA NutriTECH has years of experience in water fitting and management systems they adopted this concept and developed the intelligent dosing system. The system is currently working for over 20,000 cows with farmers across Ireland raving about their success stories.

  • Will I spend more on minerals?

    In the past, our customers have seen a decrease in expenditure on minerals when using our system, as there is no wastage and, as all animals are guaranteed to receive their minerals, farmers have seen a significant decrease in veterinary and feed costs.

  • What are the benefits?
    • Saves time and money, providing peace of mind
    • Automated dosing reduces labour requirements
    • Transparent mineral dosing ensures all animals receive the correct volume of minerals
    • Evident results with improved herd health
    • Reduces waste helping to cut costs
    • No hidden charges or added extras
    • Continual maintenance provided free of charge
    • Regular service helps to reduce labour needed on farm
    • Can be fitted to any water piping system
    • Minimal space needed due to the Opis Controller’s compact design
  • How do I pay?

    All customers are billed monthly and receive 30 days credit.

  • How much is a breakdown callout?

    Our service includes full after sales support free of charge guaranteeing you will not receive any additional charges for repairs or calls outs.

  • How many deliveries per year will I receive?

    The number of deliveries is based on your requirements. Usually deliveries are completed on a monthly basis, however, for larger farms deliveries can be completed weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

  • Is there a service charge?

    There are no additional charges or hidden fees. Our service includes full aftersales support which includes monitoring the Opis Controller usage, resolving any faults which may occur and delivery of all minerals as needed.

  • Do you need special water piping for the OPIS Controller to be fitted to?

    There is no special piping required for our Opis Controller to work. The Opis Controller can be fitted to any existing water system.

  • How do you change the dosing rate on the OPIS Controller?

    Full training will be provided on how to use the Opis Controller and a user operating manual is provided clearly outlining the procedure for changing this. Our delivery driver technician can also show you how to make changes to the Opis Controller or enter these on your behalf.

  • How do you change the cow numbers on the OPIS Controller?

    Full training will be provided on how to use the Opis Controller and a user operating manual is provided clearly outlining the procedure for changing this. Our delivery driver technician can also show you how to make changes to the Opis Controller or enter these on your behalf.

  • How do you check the average usage of minerals?

    The usage rates flash across the LED screen allowing you to easily see your usage or minerals and water consumed.

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