Farm man­age­ment app in­cludes free spon­sored sec­tion

Irish Examiner - Farming - - TECHNOLOGY FOCUS - Stephen Cado­gan

Agrinet has launched a farm man­age­ment app that helps with cross-com­pli­ance and in­spec­tions.

Her­dapp fo­cuses on breed­ing and AI (this part of the app is spon­sored by Pro­gres­sive Ge­net­ics, and is free to all Ir­ish farm­ers); on vet­eri­nary drug records; and on farm re­ports. A live link to ICBF en­sures seam­less flow of in­for­ma­tion such as breed­ing, fer­til­ity, and Ebi/eurostar data, pre­sented in neat re­ports for ac­ces­si­bil­ity. The breed­ing func­tion of the app, for dairy and beef en­ter­prises, in­cludes fer­til­ity re­ports and calv­ing screens to help farm­ers get cows in calf. Her­dapp is de­signed to high­light fer­til­ity is­sues early on.

A jobs list shows cows 35 days calved and not yet served; heifers 365 days old and not yet served; cows and heifers due to re­peat (18-24 days served); cows and heifers due a preg­nancy test (30 days served); and cows show­ing ir­reg­u­lar cy­cles.

Af­ter an AI tech­ni­cian uses an ICBF hand­held de­vice, or af­ter with a farmer with a stock bull or us­ing DIY AI en­ters the date of the serve and a bull code, Her­dapp will cal­cu­late when cows are due to be dried off and when they are due to calve.

The calv­ing screen breaks the calv­ing pat­tern down weekby-week.

The fer­til­ity screen shows sub­mis­sion rates and con­cep­tion rates, which helps farm­ers try­ing to im­prove the calv­ing pat­tern by high­light­ing cows not seen in heat, or served and empty.

Agrinet is priced by herd size, from €50 per year for less than 50 an­i­mals to €150 for 150 plus, in­clud­ing VAT.

The breed­ing and AI sec­tion of the Her­dapp is spon­sored by Pro­gres­sive Ge­net­ics, and is free to all Ir­ish farm­ers.

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