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Smart phone apps for Smart farmers

If you’re new to the world of smartphones, you’ll probably be surprised by how many apps are out there! Most of the apps contained in this booklet have been downloaded and road-tested to a degree. However their inclusion in this booklet is not necessarily an endorsement of them; we are simply letting you know what’s out there.

App Book

Ask The Butcher No disrespect intended to the vegetarians but research has shown that sometimes meat can actually be good for us, but only if it is cooked and prepared in the right amount and in the right way, because we all want to eat healthy food. And who might know more about meat than the very person that brings it to our table, the butcher. If you are having any second doubts about the meats location on the animal, or the best way to cook it, or whether it is good for you or not, you can simply Ask The Butcher. The Ask The Butcher app opens with a few simple choices including a Diagram of Cuts from Lamb, Beef, Veal and Pork. There is also a List of Cuts, and the simple Ask a Question which searches the database contained in the app. Once the preliminary selection is made the app user can then find out how best to cook a particular cut.Users can locate a few excellent recipes for that particular piece of meat, and even use the Purchase feature to find local vendors of high quality meats. Whether you need to learn how to barbecue ribs, prepare a rack of lamb, or make a great meat loaf, this is the app to help you get flawless results. No other app out there gives you as detailed descriptions or answers to your questions like this one, because its sole purpose is to help you find the right food for you, your health and your body. Our body is a temple, and we should try and keep it clean and healthy, and we can only do that if we consume healthy food. $2.49 Download

KV app The Kverneland Group has launched a spreading chart App for Apple's iPhone and other smart phones with Android operating systems such as Samsung and HTC. The new App provides direct access to the results of specialised testing for various fertiliser spreaders and products. With the App, the user can be guided to the right settings for a range of spreaders for almost all commonly-used fertilisers. Once you have the App, the user selects their spreader model, enters the working width, application rate, driving speed and fertiliser type and the correct setting will be shown. The App gives you access to the latest product videos. Better still, the App is free. Contact: PFG Australia (03) 9368 8888 www.pfgaustralia.com

Tank Mix by DuPont Cost: Free Description: The DuPont TankMix Calculator Application allows you to easily calculate the amount of product you will need to treat a specific field area, the amount of product you need to apply to a specific tank size, the amount of water you'll need to treat a specific field area or the amount of product you need to get the desired Volume to Volume ratio. It offers a wide selection of Units of Measure to make it useful anywhere in the world and it gives you the flexibility to enter information using both decimal or fractions. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tankmix/id348144450?mt=8

Farm Manager By Stringybark Software Pty Ltd Cost: $17.99 Description: Farm manager is an app designed by a farmer for farmers. It allows farmers to record cropping, livestock, and machinery procedures, and access this information with ease. Features include:

* Record full history of crops from when they are sown through to harvested * Record chemical and fertilizer use, including type, rate, and date applied * Keep track of livestock, with full details of stock including ear tag numbers, bloodlines, breed, and year born * Record shearing and crutching dates, plus all drenching, dipping, and jetting details * Keep track of machinery maintenance, including engine oil and filter changes, transmission oil and filter changes, and hydro oil changes

This app gives you all the information you need, right in the palm of your hand. http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/farm-manager/id433835168?mt=8

Weeds: The Ute Guide http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/weeds-the-ute-guide/id482862261?mt=8&ls=1 By Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Description

This application is designed to be used in the paddock by growers to assist in identifying the most common, annual, biennial and perennials weeds in Southern Australia. Where possible photographs have been provided of the weed at various growth stages to ensure correct identification. Each weed has a calendar to show which month/s the weed is likely to be present in the paddock.

The application allows users to search, identify, compare and email photographs of weeds to their networks.

Food Switch Helps consumers Identify healthy foods http://www.bupa.com.au/health-and-wellness/tools-and-apps/mobile-apps/foodswitch-app

AgVantage http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/agvantage/id426333092?mt=8 AgVantage Dose Rate Calculator

The agVantage iPhone app is a FREE tool for Australian farmers. The app is designed as an easy, quick and portable way to determine the dose rate on sheep and cattle for a range of animal health treatments. If you are a sheep or cattle farmer treating for lice, fly, ticks, if you are drenching or applying nutritional products then within a few clicks it will determine the required dose rate per animal and the numbers of litres required to treat the entire herd or flock.

You simply enter the animal variety, what you are treating for, what product you are using, the weight range, the number of animals to be treated and the information is automatically calculated at your finger tips.

Additionally specific product information such as meat with hold periods or critical application comments are also supplied. So if you need a quick method or calculating your product requirements, or if you have ever tried to compare product dose rates and claims or if you sometimes find it difficult to read a damaged label then this app will be a very useful tool for you.

RainRadar AU http://itunes.apple.com/app/rainradar-au/id290920045?mt=8 Description RainRadar AU (formally BOMRadar) is designed to let you look at the radar rain map for a particular area of Australia to see if there is incoming rain. The application animates the last 4 images from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and displays them in a loop.

VehicleLog http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/vehiclelog/id448160105?ls=1&mt=8 Description: This app fully complies with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) where the logbook method is used. It calculates the percentage business use of a vehicle, uses your GPS, integrates with your Calendars, uses favourites for your trip purposes and generates high quality PDF reports. This app is suitable for both individuals and large fleets within an organisation. Send it directly to your employer, accountant or tax agent. You can also claim the cost of this app in your tax return. It is a legitimate expense and is fully tax deductible. The application can also be used by employees who use their own vehicle for work related travel and need to submit KM reimbursement claims to their employers.

The Advocate - North-West Tasmania By Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited Description: The Advocate iPhone App gives you your news now, wherever you are and whenever you want it. What’s more, now anyone can make the news: you can respond to assignments and send in tips using your phone and its camera. It’s quick and easy to use, and it’s free for a limited time, brought to you by UTAS.

Features include: - Catch up on the news any day of the week, wherever you are in the world: Local, Sport, National, Photos, Video and more - Be a part of the news. Send us news tips or respond to assignments - Get the latest weather, wherever you are in Australia, with 3-day forecasts - Watch full-screen video and enjoy stunning photo galleries - Use Airplay to view video and galleries on your TV, using Apple TV - Access breaking news updates all through the day - Browse news offline for any section you’ve already downloaded - Share articles using Email, Facebook and Twitter

Become a part of our newsroom. Download The Advocate app now. http://www.theadvocate.com.au/

Launceston Examiner By Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited View More By This Developer Open iTunes to buy and download apps. Description The Launceston Examiner iPhone App gives you your news now, wherever you are and whenever you want it. What’s more, now anyone can make the news: you can respond to assignments and send in tips using your phone and its camera. It’s quick and easy-to-use, and it’s free for a limited time, brought to you by the RACT.

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