BPEX is looking for more pig vets to help it test its iPig pig sampling app for smartphones and tablets that can be used to carry out Real Welfare assessments in the field.
The levy body will pay vets for their time carrying out the testing, but will expect regular submissions of data in return to give both the Android and iOS versions of the software a good workout.
Project Manager Katja Stoddart said it has been a long and sometimes difficult journey, but the app was now performing well on both platforms and positive feedback was being received from those using it.
“That doesn’t mean there are no problem, but those that do crop up are now minor and can easily be dealt with,” shhe added. “We still need a handful more vets willing to do the testing, but we must stress we need regular data submission to make it worthwhile.”
Ultimately, the app will replace the bureau service that has been extended until the end of this year, so vets will need to change over before the bureau closes.
Ms Stoddart said the portal would continue so vets can do the assessments in paper form then transfer via a computer, but it will be much quicker and easier in the long run to input in real time using the app.
“This will also mean the data is available immediately for the vet to discuss with the producer,” she added.