Angus Australia will shortly launch a range of new internet based tools for Angus beef producers in Australia.
The range of software tools, to be released under the banner of angus.tech, are part of a major software development initiative designed to develop tools that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of producers who are using Angus genetics within their beef enterprise.
Angus Australia’s Breed Development & Extension Manager, Mr Andrew Byrne explained the new tools aim to improve the profitability of Angus genetics within the beef supply chain by enabling Angus breeders to more easily identify the most appropriate genetics for their enterprise.
The tools set for release over coming months will focus on enabling Angus breeders to seamlessly search Angus Australia’s comprehensive animal and member database.
“Using the Angus Database Search facility, Angus breeders can access information for any individual animal recorded with Angus Australia, or once signed in as a registered user, can search and sort the database to identify animals that meet selection criteria of interest” said Mr Byrne.
“The new facility is similar to the Animal Enquiry facility that has been available on the Angus Australia website for some time, but has been re-developed to be a more modern and intuitive facility with a range of valuable new features”.
Of particular note is the availability of a new suite of selection tools, known as AngusSELECT, that assist both seedstock and commercial producers with the identification of Angus genetics that are most aligned with their breeding goals and objectives.
Mr Byrne explained “the new AngusSELECT suite consists of six different selection tools, being the Angus SaleSELECT, Angus SemenSELECT, Angus MemberSELECT, Angus ASBPSELECT, Angus ExportSELECT, and Angus HeiferSELECT tools”.
“Using the AngusSELECT tools, producers looking to utilise Angus genetics can carefully scrutinise the registered Angus animals available for sale, identify suitable semen for use within their artificial breeding programs, identify Angus Australia members in their area, and identify bulls of interest from within the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program”.
Another major component of the new software initiative is a re-development of the database systems that are utilised by Angus Australia to construct systems that are tailored specifically to the needs of the Angus Australia organisation and its members.
Mr Byrne outlined that one of major objectives will be to greatly improve the exchange of registration and performance data between Angus Australia and its members.
“Using the new AngusONLINE system, members of Angus Australia will be able to interact directly with the Angus Australia database”.
“This will enable members to register animals, submit performance information for inclusion in Angus BREEDPLAN, request DNA tests and generate reports, all in real time and without the need for any interaction with staff”.
The software development initiative is consistent with Angus Australia’s vision of maintaining its leadership as a not-for-profit, member-based innovation company servicing seedstock and commercial producers of Angus and Angus-influenced cattle.
The software development has been headed up by Angus Australia’s Information Systems Manager, Mr Christopher de Crespigny.
Christopher is one of Australia’s most experienced programmers in livestock database development, having previously developed systems for dairy and beef recording in Australia and internationally during a career of over 20 years at the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI).
Christopher is ably supported by computer programmers, Mr Michael Ainsworth and Mr Mark Evered.
Michael has considerable experience developing livestock database software, having worked alongside Christopher within the software development team at ABRI for a number of years. During this time, Michael developed the INSolutions mobile application, which is now utilised by breed organisations in 11 different countries and across 9 different livestock species, and spent time working on closer integration between ABRI’s ILR2 database and BREEDPLAN genetic evaluation software.
Mark is an experienced software developer with expertise in software engineering, agricultural IT systems, mobile applications and information security. Mark has worked in both industry and academic environments in Australia and overseas, with his most recent role with the NSW Department of Primary Industries where he worked on animal nutrition modelling.
The first of Angus Australia’s new software tools is scheduled for release in April 2017.