30 August 2021
Make repro season easier – with the Ready to Mate App from AgriHealth
13 September 2021
A simple reminder system to make sure all the important tasks relating to mating happen at the right time is already helping hundreds of dairy farmers improve their herd reproductive management.
‘Ready to Mate’, a free smartphone app from AgriHealth, is a full mating calendar with automated reminders based on farmers’ planned start of calving date.
The app is free to download and use on IOS and Android devices, covers everything from metrichecking to non-cycler intervention and allows farmers to easily keep track of what is due when. Multiple users can be added to the same plan, including herd managers and farm staff; and reminders can be sent via email or text. Vets can also be tagged in.
Steve Cranefield, AgriHealth Technical and CPD Manager, says mating is a hectic time and it’s easy for important tasks for a successful mating season to be forgotten in the spring rush, especially when farmers are short-staffed.
The app was launched last year, with more than 300 farmers registered in its first season, which he says is very encouraging.
Every herd is different, but the key principles behind improving 6 week in-calf rates are common to all, Cranefield says, and the app has been built to help farmers give every cow the attention she needs to get back in calf as early as possible.
“It only takes two minutes to set up - all they have to do is register, enter their planned calving date, and their repro plan is ready, with day and date reminders for chosen events as well as a customisable tail paint marking system that everyone on the farm can follow.”
“The repro plan can be downloaded as a calendar to view at the office, and multiple accounts can be set up for multiple farms or farm staff, so everyone involved knows what needs to be done and when.”
The new app complements Ready to Mate videos made by Dr Steve Cranefield, to help farmers who want to improve their in-calf rates.
For more detail contact your local AgriHealth Area Sales Manager or visit www.agrihealth.co.nz.
Source: AgriVet magazine, September