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For farmers data is new oil

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Livestock data can be accurately captured with new technology. Image credit: Leon Louw

For farmers data is new oil

It has been said that data is the new oil. That’s certainly true of the agricultural environment.

Farmers are increasingly using the power of data and data analytics to make better decisions and improve their operations.

Accurate and accessible records have long been a key element of successful farm management. For livestock farmers, however, creating these records has traditionally been a laborious and time-consuming task, often accomplished with old fashioned pen and notebook in a kraal environment with the data then needing to be painstakingly uploaded.

In response Tal-Tec, South African providers of livestock equipment, now offer an innovative eWeigh system, a locally manufactured device which combines affordability with functionality.

The digitally based eWeigh is Bluetooth enabled and includes no physical display on the scale. Instead, by waving a stick reader over each animal’s electronic tag, eWeigh uploads its weight onto the iLivestock application on a smartphone. The device indicates when a weight has been successfully recorded by displaying green lights.

iLivestock is an app specifically designed for the livestock industry to record and edit animal information in the field.

Using a smart device, iLivestock allows farmers to capture animal information, either by manually inputting the data or via an external source such as an EID (electronic identification) stick reader. iLivestock is fully integrated with eWeigh device, allowing farmers to quickly record weight data against other data saved on the app. One of the big benefits of eWeigh is that wifi is not a requirement to effectively capture data. Instead, using Bluetooth on the smartphone, eWeigh uploads animal data to iLivestock which is then uploaded to the cloud once in range of wifi.

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