Farm facts at fingertips (July 17, 277 words)

Gippsland dairy farmer Kevin Lockett has his herd records just where he wants them - at his fingertips. DataGene’s new mobile phone app, HerdData, gives Mr Lockett access to his herd records anywhere, any time.

Mr Lockett milks 165 cows on about 88ha at Neerim North, Victoria with a split calving herd comprising cross bred, Holstein and Jersey cows. The herd is part of a larger family operation which milks around 700 cows across three farms.

When he wants to check on a cow’s most recent herd test figures, find out when she is due to dry off, or calve, and find out who a cow is in calf to, he just pulls out his phone to access his records.

“HerdData has made record keeping so much easier. Everything is so simple and easy to access – it’s brilliant.”

“It’s a very easy app to learn – if you can use a smart phone then you can use the HerdData app.  It wouldn’t matter whether you were 17 or 57 – it’s basically idiot proof.”

HerdData allows Mr Lockett to enter herd records on the spot as well as view a range of records including herd test data and performance graphs on his phone.

The records entered on the app included calving dates, dry-off dates, pregnancy test results, sales, culls, matings, health events and treatments.

The app also provides access to herd records, cow IDs, cow status, sire and dams.

The app is suitable for Android and Apple tablets and phones and can be downloaded from IOS AppStore or GooglePlay.


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DataGene’s HerdData App has become such a useful tool that Kevin Lockett doesn’t know how he farmed without it.