Scottish schoolchildren help create cattle app

Inspired by children from Caithness in Scotland, Novoda last week launched an app that helps farmers manage livestock inventory and records.

The new app, Cattle Manager, is the result of research conducted by students from Wick High School, some of whom come from farming families.

The children, who were winners in the Apps for Good competition, observed that, in the organisation of their livestock, farmers were using excessive paperwork. The app provides a solution to this, enabling farmers to store information instantly on their mobiles.  

Novoda, Europe’s largest independent Android software development consultancy, created the app with funding from Dell after children entered the Apps for Good competition, which was launched by the Apps for Good charity to get young people into technology.

Novoda CEO Kevin McDonagh said: “The children found a practical solution to a problem which they had experienced. They all work on local farms and observed the struggle to maintain paperwork between where the files are kept and the sheds where the animals reside. Novoda used Android technology to seamlessly transfer vital cattle data to a mobile device, enabling farmers to prepare and conduct their daily rounds without the need for multiple trips. Best of all, the farmers we have worked with have confirmed the app is easy to use, even for those who profess difficulties with technology.”

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