Beyond the Barn: Five Apps I Use With My Calves – Shawn Miller, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy
My iPad has become one of the most important tools I use in raising calves. Here are five apps I wouldn’t give up:
This app tracks the daily weather and future forecast. I use it to prepare for the weather and know how to adjust the curtains in the calf barns.
This app provides a live feed from the maternity area cameras to my iPad or computer. I use it to monitor calves in the warming pens so I know how many calves I’ll have coming to our calf facilities the next day.
The purpose of this app is to create and share grocery store lists. We just shop at a few “non-traditional” grocery stores. I use the app to create lists of supplies I need from different locations and suppliers. It helps me organize and manage our calf tool inventory.
This app is used to build and design spreadsheets. I use it to track growth, trial data and other information collected at our calf site.
Bonus app: Notes
This is a standard app on Apple devices and is used to track information or to take notes. I use it to track any changes that happen at the calf site such as starting a trial, changing a product or anything of significance. I will also make notes of any noticeable trends and to monitor employee activities to reference in future performance reviews.
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