Recording animal health information and ensuring that it is linked up to a wider animal health framework can bring huge benefits to the agri-food sector. Capturing information digitally leaves a footprint of who recorded that information, proving compliance in the event of a query. Moving from traditional paper based tasks to capturing information digitally delivers improved efficiency and ensures data accuracy.
One example is the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEARA) in Northern Ireland. Mobile application software is deployed to enable on farm Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) testing. TB is an infectious disease of cattle, to help control the spread of disease; 1.5m cattle undergo annual testing to ensure they are not carrying the disease. The mobile software integrates with the central animal health database ensuring information recorded at farm level is returned to the overall database providing valuable insights for DAERA.
We have also supported the RSPCA with mobile software that allows welfare inspectors to respond to reports from members of the public in a timely manner and collect relevant data during animal welfare inspections.
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