It’s bull sale season in cattle country. And that means herd records, expected progeny differences (EPDs) and other performance measures are in high demand. Producers looking for that perfect herd sire need information to select an animal that best fits their needs.
Now it is easier than ever before to access data on registered Angus cattle. All it takes is a touch of a button – no matter where a potential buyer is located. Angus Mobile, the official smartphone application of the American Angus Association®, offers breeders an instant connection to the nation’s largest, most accurate genetic database.
“If a buyer is in the pasture or sale barn, they can use Angus Mobile to pull up all the background information from as many generations as they need,” says Chris Stallo, assistant director of information systems for the Association.
Using Angus Mobile, bull customers can enter in an animal’s registration number or name and find all recorded pedigrees, EPDs, ownership records and the most current percentile rankings. The user-friendly application presents the records so they can be navigated within seconds.
“When someone is in the pen deciding on a set of bulls, the chance to browse this type of added information is extremely valuable,” Stallo says.
To date, more than 10,700 users have downloaded Angus Mobile. As more and more producers realize its value, Stallo expect that number to continue to rise: “Angus Mobile is the most convenient way to stay up-to-date with Angus news and with your herd’s record keeping; plus it’s free.”
In addition to animal search, Angus Mobile is an effective herd management tool. By using the “My Herd” feature, Angus breeders can access their AAA Login account to update herd inventory, record calves as soon as they are born and manage other Association tasks. App users can also browse National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) weekly updates. The NCE hosts the most up-to-date genetic prediction for animals registered with the Association, and allows producers to better evaluate selection objectives and progress in their herd.
Angus Mobile also offers links to Beef Improvement Records and Angus Herd Improvement Records, plus tools such as the gestation calculator and tables to tabulate the date when a calf is due, which is based on a 283-day pregnancy.
Download the Angus Mobile app
Visit the iTunes Store or App Store when using an iPhone, iPod or iPad. A quick search for Angus results in the application link. Click on install, and the icon will appear on the device’s screen or desktop.
The Angus Mobile app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (third generation and fourth generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later, which can also be downloaded through iTunes and installed by connecting the iPhone to a computer.
To ensure the best possible experience, Angus Mobile users are encouraged to update the application whenever new versions are released.