In the first instance, I was looking for a new mobile handling system and an electronic weigh system. When, on a Rappa demo day, there was the opportunity to invest in the iLivestock system that is an all-in-one system so that my requirements for data capture could happen in one place. I knew that’s what I wanted. On top of the iLivestock app I noticed they also provided a weigh head called ‘eWeigh’, the idea of being able to capture weights and breeding data straight into my app was amazing! It has changed the way I manage my farm and contract flock.
Also because of the mobile application, there is no need to carry an EID Stick reader with me all the time. As I check the ewes in the fields, all I need to do is bring my phone and type in its management number. This is really useful, particularly at lambing time.
The iLivestock platform is a user-friendly farm management program, with the added benefits of a useful weighing system, where I can record all the breeding traits I need to base my future flock selection on. And I like the idea that I work with real-time information, available to me 24/7. When I decide to sell animals, a quick scan updates all records in the cloud. I can add notes in the mobile app, if necessary. Because all information is handled digitally, it is much easier to send my reports to the required government database, such as Livestock Information Service. With a push of a button, I can export all the information and email the file over.