Three free cattle and pasture apps for your PDA
The Iowa Beef Center (IBC) has released two new tools for beef producers who use Palm OS hand-held computing devices. Joining the Sale Barn Calculator they released last month, IBC's offerings now include a Total Mixed Ration Mixer application and Field and Pasture Calculator application for Palm OS PDAs. All of the Palm applications are free, and can be easily downloaded from the IBC site.
The Total Mixed Ration (TMR) Mixer application can be used to quickly adjust feed batch weights when a feed's dry matter changes or if the quantity of a ration delivered to a pen is to be adjusted by a percentage.
Using this tool, producers enter the name of the ration, the batch weight and the feeds that make up the ration along with the weight and dry matter percent. They can then change percentages within the rations and the program will automatically adjust the other percentages to compensate.
The Field and Pasture Calculator can be used as a reference to determine plant populations in a field or pasture, to estimate yield of forage dry matter or grain per acre or bushels of stored grain in bins or piles. It can also be a quick note pad for a given field or pasture.
The Sale Barn Calculator is designed to help beef producers quickly determine sale barn bids for livestock. Use it to figure a maximum bid per cwt for livestock entering a sale ring. Enter the appropriate data prior to sale day. Scenarios for different types of livestock can be created. As animals are brought into the ring, the average weight per head can be indicated and the maximum bid for the given scenario is automatically calculated.
Download the free software from the Iowa Beef Center Web site: www.iowabeefcenter.org Tools page.