The cattle app synchronizes the farm, the phone
ICalve | Alberta couple develop app that stores records and calculates calving due dates
It’s not a pretty sight when the calving log falls out of a pocket and lands in the snow and slop during the busy calving season.
Jake and Tanya Meyer, cow-calf producers near Lethbridge, decided to avoid this scenario by designing a calving recording app for mobile phones and tablets.
ICalve, an app compatible with Apple products, was officially released on November 12, and an Android version is in development.
“We have had very good feedback and buy-ins from the industry,” said Jake Meyer. “It’s a global market. We’ve had a few buyers in the UK before, some in Australia and of course a stack in the US.
The program stores calving records, including basic data of date of birth, birth weight, sex, identification, deaths, slaughter and vaccination.
It also has a gestation calendar that automatically calculates calving due dates based on breeding dates.
The information is backed up using iCloud, “so in case you lose your phone, or your wife washes it or whatever, you still have your records. They are backed up, ”Meyer said.
Records can also be exported to a PDF file and printed for ease of use when marking and labeling, which will likely be useful for saving Canadian Cattle Identification Agency tags.
Neither Meyer nor his wife are software developers, but when they came up with the idea for a calving app and found nothing already available, they made a business plan and hired a developer in India. to design it.
“It’s a very simple application. We definitely designed it so that your average producer can navigate it without being overwhelmed or confused.
It was tempting to add options to the program during its development, but Meyer said they resisted the temptation.
“We tried to keep it very simple and not get too technical. Once we started building it it was really easy to start putting all this wild stuff in it… but we kind of decided we wanted it to be simple. We want calving records. We don’t want to create a complete ranch management software suite.
Meyer didn’t use the app for her own calving season as she’s just released and her herd won’t start calving until March. However, it has already entered hundreds of records to test it, and the program can handle up to 2,000 records.
Now he is working on some updates.
“An important update is that the app can sync with other phones so if your wife is checking the cattle she can enter records on her app and when she gets home you can just sync your phones together.”
The app sells for $ 9.99 through the App Store. The Meyers get 70 percent of the price and Apple gets the balance.
For more information, visit iCalve.com.