Qualitas AG

Digitalization at the pig farm

Qualitas AG

Digitalization at the pig farm

How digitalization at the pig farm benefits the animals and consumers

Reducing the use of antibiotics and other medications significantly in pig farming benefits not only the animals and their breeders but also the consumers. The Swiss pig farmers’ associations have taken a number of measures to achieve this. These include software records precisely when and how much medication each animal has had. This is done to prevent the pigs from being given too many or too high a dosage of antibiotics. Sounds good in theory, but there was a problem in practice: Few pig farmers have a laptop at hand while they are working in the barn, and certainly not a PC. A stable data connection also isn’t a given.  

“We desperately needed a solution that would make our system available out at the pig farm.”

Jürg Moll, CEO, Qualitas AG

Our solution: A smartphone app

We developed a solution together with Qualitas AG, which oversees the Swiss farmers’ associations: a smart mobile app that is optimized for use in farms. In the treatment journal, the pig farmers can note which animals were treated with which medication at what time and why. In the medications tab, the medications needed for treatment can be recorded, with a running overview of inventory. What makes it special: The app can also be used without a data connection. The entries are stored and sent automatically once the smartphone has a signal again.  

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Everyone benefits: Animals, farmers, consumers

The solution offers an array of benefits. There is less strain and stress on the animals. They only get as much medication as they really need. This saves the farmer costs by minimizing how much medication is used. It also benefits consumers: They get more natural food, as strict guidelines must be adhered to in pig farming.

About Qualitas AG

Qualitas AG, based in Zug, operates IT (databases, websites and printing) for numerous Swiss farmers’ associations. Qualitas also manages the development and completion of breeding evaluation and genomic selection of all Swiss cattle breeding organizations, the Swiss milk sheep breeders’ association and the Swiss goat breeders’ association.

The Trivadis solution

The solution at a glance
  • Reduced use of antibiotics through up-to-date data
  • A centralized mobile app that is optimized for animal farmers and use in barns
  • One-time data entry in the barn, reliable data, high level of acceptance by users
Key technologies at a glance
  • App for iOS and Android
  • Programming using the open source framework Ionic 3
  • Styling using SCSS
  • Offline functionality using an SQLite database

“Trivadis developed a user-friendly mobile app in a short period of time together with us for our farmers’ associations to use in their barns. It makes it possible to record pig treatments quickly, increasing transparency when giving medications. This is particularly valuable when it comes to giving antibiotics.”
Jürg Moll, CEO, Qualitas AG

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