For the last two years we have been experimenting with an Android app developed by Polymorph, who are based in Stellenbosch.
It records our daily moves. Exact (GPS based) size of the camp. Number of livestock moved into the camp. Time of move into and out of camp. Brix reading of the pasture. Type of animals. Weight of animals.
This is then exported to a website where you can monitor what is going on on your farm.
It works wonderfully. We (Polymorph and I) are now ready to take it to the market of high density grazing practitioners. Being a web based app it can be used anywhere in the world.
If you are prepared to pay $10 a month or $99 a year then please click here so that we can store your details. If we cannot get enough interested users then Polymorph will close this app. It is because the platform that they have been using, Parse, is closing in the new year.
The money paid by users will enable Polymorph to move away from the Parse platform and make the app usable on Apple devices too. It will also allow Polymorph to dedicate one of their IT engineers to this project to improve it as users want. The ability to mine the data in Excel is also planned. Different languages.
Above is a photo of the online version where you can see what has happened on your farm. The red blocks are within the last week, the yellow the week before and the green the week before that.
I clicked on the same camp (highlighted in blue) that features in the video. You can see the relevant information on the left.
Brix is the reading of the sugar and minerals in the grass. In essence the nutrient density. It goes up in summer and down in winter but has also been going up for us as organic matter increases in our soils. Considering that a cow is walking fermentation vat and sugar is the key to fermentation then the more sugar in the grass the better the fermentation and the healthier the cow.
In the video I refer to the free choice mineral lick. Click here if you want to learn more about this powerful tool for animal and soil health.
One of the upgrades to the app is to do the same recording for our outdoor laying hens. More about them here.
Most of the cattle you see in the video are at least 50% Limousin. Here is why this is my breed of choice.