Smart Cow app: Assisting dairy farmers via innovation in Africa
Moreover, it also reminds dairy farmers of the routine farm practices via regular text notifications.
Intersofteagles, a software development company in Nairobi has rolled out a mobile app Smart Cow' intended to assist farmers in maintaining the dairy-related records.
According to the developers, smart cow dairy software can be used to:
- Achieve maximum breed potential
- Raise cow productivity to breed potential
- Nurturing heifers with proven high-performance potential
- Ensuring proper health care for all animals
- Access accurate herd information and make informed decisions
- Collaborate with other expert farmers and consultants
The app, which is developed for Android smartphones, targets both small-scale and commercial dairy farmers. Moreover, it also reminds dairy farmers of the routine farm practices via regular text notifications.
Intersoft Operations Director Levis Wambura told, "Farmers rarely keep records of the dairy venture. If at all they do they can't closely monitor the previous date for routine dairy practices and the next date schedule,"
Some of the modules offered by the application comprise:
◕ COW RECORDS
View a detailed list of all cows each with its birth records, pedigree information and crucial records
◕ DAILY MILK PRODUCTION
Monitor daily milk production records for each individual cow and obtain daily, weekly and monthly summaries such as total yield, lowest and highest yields, average per cow etc. Automatically get lactation and monthly reports and statistics.
◕ BREEDING RECORDS
It keeps a well-organized record of insemination and breeding records. It checks cases if inbreeding and gives an alert through notifications.
◕ COW HEALTH RECORDS
Maintains all health records for individual cows and groups. This includes treatment records, deworming records and vaccination records as well as death and postmortem records.
"We have a module for farmers to ask and post questions to experts on the chatting platform. They get first hand, accurate information from our veterinary officers," Wambura told.