There are phone apps for music, news, sports and traffic. Now, hog farmers have a new app that helps put their entire herd into the palms of their hands. The new app, available for iPhone, is called GESDATE, derived from the words “gestation” and “date.” Available in the app store as of Aug. 17, GESDATE is a tool to simplify the management of a swine herd in regard to breeding, gestation, farrowing dates, litters, vaccinations and more.
From conception to sale or harvest day, the app moves operations to a new tier of herd organization and management, giving producers unprecedented real-time access to farm data, and introduces a remarkable farm staff collaboration tool. All of these features lead to time and money savings, according to GESDATE co-founder Jeff Maynard. “This new smart phone app will replace spiral notebooks, white boards and antiquated software that is prevalent for recordkeeping in the industry,” said Maynard.