World-first technology has arrived in the south-west that is revolutionising the way farmers administer and record drugs given to their livestock.
The system sees an end to unreliable, inaccurate injector guns and replaces them with an automatic, traceable, tamper-proof applicator that prevents underdosing and overdosing.
The Vet Group managing director Matt Makin said the automed automatic livestock medication system used NLIS to trace products administered to individual animals.
“We’re really excited to bring the automed system to the region. It allows producers to administer accurate vaccinations, reproductive hormones and weight-based minerals and drench programs across their herd in a much more sophisticated way,” he said.
“The easy-to-use automed applicator weighs 400 grams and records vital data about the medication administered to animals, which farmers can then read on their computers and smartphones.”
The product received three gongs at the iAwards, which is Australia’s premium competition recognising ICT innovation.
Dr Makin, a past national president of the Australian Veterinary Association, said in an age of increasing compliance, data collection for dairy farmers was more important than ever.
“Prudent use of prescription medications is coming under the spotlight and the industry needs to be much more sophisticated about dosing animals with these important medications,” he said.
“In particular, producers need solutions to assist with their compliance and quality assurance obligations.
“No longer do farmers have to struggle with traditional injector gun systems that are prone to inaccuracy, breakdown and have no recording capabilities.”
Dr Makin said The Vet Group would work closely with the product’s developers over the coming months to introduce integrations with other software platforms commonly used on local dairy farms.
He said the system was suitable for injectable, pour-on and oral medications and was available for rent or purchase through The Vet Group.
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