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.

Toby Mottram FREng is the founder of eCow and a prominent figure in the UK agricultural engineering sector. Up until March 2017, he held the position of Douglas Bomford Trust Professor of Farm Mechanisation at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where he taught wireless sensor data capture and analysis in farm situations. During his career he has co-invented robotic milking, developed cow breath sampling, in-line milk progesterone analysis and, in 2003, the rumen telemetry bolus.  After Silsoe Research Institute closed in 2005 he continued development of the pH bolus eventually producing a commercially viable product which he has sold worldwide through eCow since 2011.

In 2016 he held a BBSRC/Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship which allowed him to develop Milkalyser, a business that will revolutionise dairy cow fertility. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers. Toby has just completed another degree in Computing and Statistics and is looking forward to having more time to walk the hills, go to the opera, sail and play with my grandchildren.

Toby Mottram

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

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

Iain has a BSc in Computing, BTEC HNC in Electronic Engineering & Computer Technology and a BTEC HND in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He has 32 years software development experience working previously in defence, oil & gas, recruitment and for the past 5 years agricultural technology. Iain first joined the eCow team as a software contractor before becoming a full-time member of the team.

Iain Redmore

Senior Software Engineer, BSc

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, specializing in Microbiology and Infectious Disease. During her spare time Francesca enjoys music, playing sport, and socializing.

Francesca Harding

Scientific Officer, BSc (Hons) MSc

David joined eCow in January 2018, bringing a wealth of experience to the team. Having previously worked for a variety of agricultural and pharmaceutical companies, including Elanco and Novartis, David has an invaluable insight into the marketing of agricultural products. Hailing from Somerset, David enjoys farming in his spare time as well as keeping fit by running up Glastonbury Tor.


David Selway

Farm Liaison Officer