Replacing the good ol’ trusty calving book can be difficult, but there are systems out there that can help with that.
Flokk Systems is one of them.
The handheld device for data collection with a built in tag reader is important for traceability, says Jody Bell, of Flokk Systems.
“It’ll collect all your calving data, as well as your weights, preg checks, medications, and will alert you if you’re not past withdrawal dates,” she explains. “So it eliminates any issues you could have with selling animals not past withdrawal.”
All you need is the device, shown in the video below, that can be hooked up to a computer with a USB, and either makes a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, or can be used with the Flokk wizard.
“As a producer, I don’t want to be in the office. This is meant for herd side. I can just plug it into the bale truck, like you would do your phone. And then it’s with you all the time. You can record as you’re doing it. You don’t have to worry about going into the house, making sure you write it down and get the right tag number. You do it on the ground.”
Check out the full conversation between Bell and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below: