According to the 2016 data by the Pew Research Center, 77% of Americans own a smartphone. And although we have probably cursed the things a time or two when their fancy glass screens crack upon impact from landing on the gravel road or they end up sliding out of your front shirt pocket into the water tank, these devices can be extremely valuable to your operation. We’ve compiled six apps that can help make day-to-day record keeping and organization a little simpler.
iAITankMgr: For those utilizing A.I. or embryo transfer you know that keeping accurate records of your semen tank inventory is critical. iAITankMgr allows you to record A.I. and implant information, as well as what inventory is in each canister. Data can be exported to pdf and printed for those still holding onto the “paper age.”
BCI Pregnancy Analytics: This app, developed by Kansas State University, allows producers to collect beef cattle pregnancy data and receive visual statistical representations of their data overlaid with industry benchmarks. Cattlemen can track pasture/herd name, ID, age, body condition score and number of days bred.
Evernote: Evernote is widely used across multiple industries and allows you to coordinate message and note taking. The app allows you the flexibility to record information with photos, audio recordings, lists, comments or a combination of these. Information captured on Evernote can be automatically synced between your phone, tablet, and computer.
AccuWeather: Every cattlemen needs a good weather app. One of the biggest benefits of AccuWeather is its ability to provide minute-by-minute precipitation forecasts for the next two hours to your exact street address or GPS location.
Cattle Market Mobile: Cattle Market Mobile is an app designed to help cattle producers monitor current auction prices across the United States. The app displays reports produced by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, as well as reports from a variety of other sources. Where available, users can view prices for feeder steers and bulls, feeder heifers, slaughter cows, and slaughter bulls.
4-H Livestock Record: As the app’s description reads, “Stop writing animal weights on feed sacks and trying to re-create records from calendars, checkbooks and faded receipts. There’s a better way!” This app, developed by New Mexico State University, allows you to capture everything from weights, purchases, health records and events attended. Information can be exported to make completion of official record books simpler.