About Us

eCow Devon Limited is an agriculture technology company based in Exeter in the South West of England, formed by the eminent dairy industry engineer Professor Toby Mottram. In 2001 Professor Mottram was asked by a major pharmaceutical company to develop a bolus to measure pH in the reticulum. He formed eCow Limited in 2007 and Milkalyser Ltd in 2016.

All of the eBoluses are manufactured, tested and then shipped from eCow’s Exeter office by its small team.

Team eCow

Although the eCow team is only small, all of it’s members play a crucial part in keeping the company running smoothly. We rely on their efforts each day to ensure that not only the products are kept up to an extremely high standard, but also that the customer support is unrivaled in its high quality.

I founded eCow to make the best instrumentation possible for monitoring cows. I gained my first degree in Engineering and Agriculture (first class Honours) from the Open University while working as a cowman. After completing a Masters at Cranfield University I helped invent robotic milking at Silsoe Research Institute and went on to develop cow breath sampling, in-line milk progesterone analysis and in 2003 the rumen pH bolus. I let the team get on with the work most of the time while I do new research (Milkalyser and VirtualVet)  or teach at Bridgwater College. I was the Douglas Bomford Trust Professor of Agricultural Mechanisation at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester until March 2017. I have just completed another degree in Computing and Statistics so I have more time to walk the hills, go to the opera, sail and play with my grandchildren.

Toby Mottram

Founder and Chief Engineer, CEng. BA(Hons) MSc PhD MIET FIAgrE Chief Engineer

After an academic life in civil and agricultural engineering, in the USA and the UK, I left academe in 1999 to co-found Receptional, an internet marketing company, as director of operations. However, I have recently stepped back from that role, which allows me more time to fulfil my duties as a director at Unicorn Trails (worldwide horse riding holidays) for whom I have ridden in many places around the world, checking out the more adventurous new rides and escorting larger groups. I was invited to become a director of eCow in 2008. In my leisure time, I practice natural horsemanship with two horses, which we keep on our land and stables at our back gate where we have old tractors and farm machinery to help with the upkeep. When the weather is not so good, I busy myself in my workshop where I build model railway locomotives. More at: www.davidlosmith.co.uk 

Dr David L. O. Smith

Chairman, CEng MIAgrE

Leah has been working in agricultural based industry since leaving school, specifically dealing with animal welfare on farms. She has been a vital member of the eCow team since 2012. She has a HND in Design and Innovation, and is currently studying hard for a degree. Leah volunteers as a Fund Raising manager for The Blue Cross in Tiverton – an animal rehoming centre for cats and dogs. She also loves photography, especially enjoying photographing weddings and animals. Not least, she is a devoted mother to young Jack.

Leah Wade

Design and Production Manager

Ed has an Open University Certificate in Computing & IT and before joining us he worked in the IT Help Desk at Exeter University. He joined eCow in October 2014. Ed is a member of the Fundraising Committee for The Blue Cross. As well as being married to Leah, and enjoying time with her and their son Jack, Ed is also a keen singer and likes to keep fit by running and playing squash.

Ed Wade

Data Manager

Harriet has been at eCow since 2012, ensuring that the office runs smoothly. She used to work for feed company BOCM Pauls talking to farmers. Harriet is currently studying for an accountancy diploma. In her spare time Harriet enjoys the cinema, listening to music, reading and spending time with her family.

Harriet Botterill

Office Manager

Francesca has recently joined eCow after completing a Masters in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture. Prior to this she studied Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. During her spare time Francesca enjoys music and playing sport, in particular Netball and Korfball.

Francesca Harding

Scientific Officer