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Agricultural Mobile Apps: A review and update of livestock apps

This article provides a review and update of some of the current “livestock apps” for agriculture. These apps can assist farmers with animal management issues related to health, nutrition, market information, and more.

While these apps can often help you make quick decisions, always make sure to check with your crop consultants, Extension agents, and Extension specialists.

Stay tuned for more in this series of annual reviews and updates on Ag-Apps from our KSUCROPS Crop Production team (led by Dr. Ciampitti) and the K-State Department of Agronomy. More updated lists of Ag-Apps will be included in the next several editions of the Agronomy eUpdates.

NOTE: These apps are all available as of the time this article is published. Alterations or changes in availability could occur, affecting the ability to access these apps.

For this series of articles, we have grouped Ag-Apps into the following 10 classifications:

  • ID Apps: For identification purposes (weeds, insects, diseases, and nutrients)
  • CALC Apps: For calculating purposes (nutrient removal calculations, tank mixes, volume to spray, etc.)
  • SCOUT Apps: For scouting purposes or for geo-positioning (soil sampling, recording notes, soil types, etc.).
  • ECON Apps: For checking grain prices, market evolutions, fertilizer price trends, news and finances.
  • FIELD GUIDE Apps: For diagnosing crop production issues in the field, primarily related to field guides (crop management: insect, disease, weed, and more).
  • LIVESTOCK Apps: Apps related to the animal side, nutrition, health, and information on markets.
  • IRRIGATION Apps: Apps related to field crop irrigation and water application.
  • MACHINERY Apps: Apps for associated with agricultural equipment preparation, inventory, providing information of the machine.
  • GENERAL AG Apps: GAG (general Ag-Apps) for general use, weather-related, for meetings, for reading magazines, among several other Apps’ properties.
  • NON-AG Apps: For general use from e-readers to calculators, email, calendar, picture editing, and more.

 

5. Livestock Apps

Apps related to livestock management topics, such as nutrition, animal health, and market information.

 

 

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Livestock Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

ThermalAid

University of Missouri

This app provides a decision-making tool to identify, monitor, and reduce heat stress in cattle to improve animal performance.

FREE

 

iOS

 

 Android

 

Purina Cool Cow App

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

This app provides dairy producers with a tool to help manage the impact of heat stress.

FREE

 

iOS

 

Android

iHerd

MANDRA Ltd

iHerd app provides a  design to simplify the herd management process for station owners and managers around the world.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

 

MOBILE AGRICULTURAL APPS – REVIEW from KSUCROPS ©Kansas State University

Livestock Apps

Name of App and Source

Picture

Brief description and cost

Download

Angus Mobile

American Angus Association

The Angus Mobile app provides information for anyone with an interest in Angus cattle.

FREE

 

iOS

 

 Android

 

Cattle Market Mobile

Michael Whitt

This app helps cattle producers monitor current auction prices. In addition, reports are also displayed.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

CropCents

Penn State University (AGH Incorporated)

This app helps calculate the cost of raised feed, which is a better approach than using market prices to calculate income over feed costs.

FREE

iOS

 

DairyCents

Penn State University (AHG Incorporated)

 

This app provides a quick calculation of income over feed costs and price comparison of various forages, grains, and commodities.

FREE

iOS

 

Android

iCattleMgrPro

iSimpleType

 

This app provides a tool for management of livestock. It covers more than 90 pieces of information about animal health.

$19.99

iOS

 

iLivestockMgr

iSimpleType

This app provides a tool for livestock management. It focuses on livestock in general.

$19.99

iOS

 

iHorseMgr

iSimpleType

This app provides a tool for horse management operations.

$9.99

iOS

 

 

Each of the next four issues of the eUpdate will feature another classification of Ag-Apps from our KSUCROPS Crop Production team and the K-State Department of Agronomy!

 

Ignacio A. Ciampitti, Crop Production and Cropping Systems Specialist
ciampitti@ksu.edu

Jeffrey Albers, Agronomy undergraduate student in crop production, KSUCROPS Team
jjalbers@ksu.edu

Aaron Brinkman, Agronomy undergraduate student in crop production, KSUCROPS Team
aaron49@ksu.edu