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Title: Pastor.i: a smartphone application to facilitate grazing management
Authors: Sales-Baptista, Elvira
Ferraz-de-Oliveira, Maria Isabel
Cancela d'Abreu, Manuel
Salgueiro, Pedro
Rato, Luís Miguel
Keywords: stocking rate
silvopastoral systems
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: IV Congreso Nacional de Sistemas Silvopastoriles: una oportunidad para el desarollo sustentable. 31 Outubro -2 de Novembro, Villa la Angostura, Neuquén, Argentina
Abstract: Grazing in extensive beef farming systems is often manage in an empirical way based on past experience and on the visual appreciation of animal behavior and forage potential. Records of entrances and exits of the animals in the paddocks are rare. However, knowing the occupation period and the animal density, when coupled with biomass defines the grazing pressure. This knowledge is essential for planning and making informed decisions, that influence the profitability of the farm. Moreover, adequate grazing pressure is crucial for the sustainability of many SSPs where system maintenance is dependent on the balance between grazing pressure and regeneration or maintenance of trees and shrubs. Pastor.i is a smartphone application (APP) designed to allow pasture data logging to be very simple. The application is synchronized with the website and allows the producer to have in his pocket all the farm, being possible to identify the paddock, calculate the area, record the movements of the animals and consult the occupation history of the paddock. The application calculates the actual stocking rate, that can be associated with the location of the animals, obtained if the animals are using collars with GPS, which allows to know the areas of the paddock that are most grazed, visualized through heat maps. The information enables localized actions, such as fertilizing or sowing, to improve areas that are not grazed. The application also allows you to save photos of the sward. This temporal photographic record provides information on the condition of trees, the botanical composition and on the tendency of grazing to improve or to worsen coverage. The APP is available for download, is compatible with Android and is being tested with focus groups.
Type: lecture
Appears in Collections:MED - Comunicações - Em Congressos Científicos Internacionais

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