In the fall of 2017, a handful of beta testers began using a mobile version of the PigCHAMP Reproductive application on their Apple or Android devices. This group used the Mobile App on a daily basis and provided feedback about the functionality and efficiency of the product.
“It is way easier to pull my phone out of my pocket and log events as I go through the barn. I believe this makes data entry more efficient because I am able to log things as I see them,” says Andrew Van Nurden, owner at L&A Farms in Morgan, Minnesota.
Users of the app can scan barcodes on such items as sow cards and automatically upload the information into the PigCHAMP system. The app is also compatible with Bluetooth-enabled RFID functionality, so users can work with ear tag sets and readers.
Users can quickly become familiar with the app, too.
“I was able to train my 60-year-old employee how to use the app in a matter of minutes. It seems to work well for her with very few issues,” says Van Nurden.
Precision record keeping has come a long way in a short time. Putting the power of real-time data in your pocket is just one way that we see precision pig production making strides towards the future.