Swine producers have a new choice for herd management, right in the palm of their hand, thanks to a new iPhone app called GESDATE.
Derived from the words “gestation” and “date,” GESDATE is quickly revolutionizing herd management in the swine industry.
GESDATE is a smartphone app for iPhone (iOS) that launched on August 17 as a tool to simplify the management of a herd or farm to digitally track breeding, gestation, farrowing dates, litters, vaccinations, and more.
From conception to sale or harvest day, GESDATE moves swine 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. Maynard was raised on a farm and has been active as a breeder, 4-H and FFA leader, judge and showman in the swine industry for over 30 years.
“This new smart phone app will replace spiral notebooks, white boards and antiquated software that is prevalent for recordkeeping in the industry,” says Maynard. We believe our tool will help producers work smarter by allowing GESDATE to do the work.”
Maynard partnered with technology experts and experienced app creators to develop GESDATE and the FarmSync technology included in the app. “This allows a user to share information on herds of all sizes with anyone on the farm given access,” Maynard says. “It’s taking your computer recordkeeping to the barn, truck or field — only better,” he says.
Better, insists Maynard, because GESDATE has the ability to store farm and herd data in the cloud, making management information instantly live and updated across the board. Even if a user is away from Wi-Fi or cellular service, the app can be used seamlessly, with FarmSync technology which allows offline use.
“When the farmer, herdsman or other user reaches Wi-Fi, the app will automatically sync and data will be available for viewing by farm management or the entire team.
“This is a real game changer for the industry and we are excited about the launch. We encourage people in the swine industry to download GESDATE and give it a try.”
GESDATE is available on the App Store starting on August 17, 2014. Trial app codes are offered to farm media outlets by request.