Cattle scoring went mobile
Nordic Classification is a mobile application that allows cattle classifiers to record type scores on a mobile device or hand held terminal. Mobile scoring speeds up the classifiers’ work and reduces errors, as they need not record the scores on a paper form just to later transfer them on a computer. The application also calculates the total points immediately from the traits recorded, so the total points of the classification are known immediately.
The users of the Nordic Classification app are employees of breeding organisations in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Faba from Finland, Växa Sverige from Sweden, Seges from Denmark, and Geno and Tyr from Norway have designed the app in cooperation, and are its owners. The service caters for different breeding value calculation methods and limit values for different countries and organisations. According to Anders Fogh, Head of Department at Seges, Nordic Classification is easy to use and it is tailored to exactly meet the needs that classifiers have in the Nordic countries.
The application has a connection to each respective breeding database. It fetches animal data from the database and takes the scoring results back there. It also works without a network connection. Data can be recorded offline, and when the connection becomes available, the data will flow to the necessary database.
“We have had an excellent cooperation. The product is as expected and the help is near if we have problems. It is crucial that the app works 24-7 and that bugs are corrected fast. Mtech is a reliable business partner for us,” Mr. Fogh says.
“The Nordic classification app made it possible to classify without papers, which is important since the work is done among the cows and the related risks to notes and people are significant. It also helped to unify the results between the different Nordic countries. The app also works offline, which is often important in cowshed conditions,” Juho Kyntäjä, Senior Specialist at Mtech, summarises.