Updated May 13, 2019

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Smartphone app for dairy animal ration formulation

Part of Heifer International

This innovation is a Feeding Support Tool (FST) mobile phone app that allows smallholder farmers to improve the diets of their dairy animals through ration balancing software using locally available feed resources.

http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/projects/mr-bhola-shankar-shrestha/

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The Feeding Support Tool mobile application can be downloaded in English or Nepali for free from Google Play under the name "Heifer-LFST", or at the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pathway.heifersolver&hl=en

Focus Areas:

Livestock & Agriculture and Technology

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Implemented In:

Nepal

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Key Partner
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Country Implemented In
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Problem

Access to affordable quantity and quality animal feed is a serious livestock production constraint and producers often experience a yield gap in dairy animals due to insufficient and low nutrient content of feed in Nepal. Research into the quality of commonly used feedstuffs and improved availability of information for farmers on suitable rations for livestock can improve livestock production and a way for sustainable intensification for smallholder systems.

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Solution

The Feeding Support Tool application (app), available in English and Nepali, can be used on Android smartphones for formulating least cost, nutritionally balanced rations with locally available feed ingredients for dairy cattle and buffalo and is being adapted for goats. As a result of applying the innovation, livestock will be more productive, resulting in more income generation from improved livestock and ASF sales.

Target Beneficiaries

Technicians, dairy cooperatives staff, dairy producers, feed manufacturers, and agroveterinary dealers, among others.

Mission and Vision

Feeding balanced rations, to meet the nutritional requirements of dairy animals in various production stages, increases milk yields and incomes of smallholder producers and decreases feed wastage and environmental pollution. The Feeding Support Tool mobile application can be downloaded in English or Nepali for free from Google Play under the name "Heifer-LFST", or at the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pathway.heifersolver&hl=en

Innovation Description

The mobile app Feeding Support Tool (FST) puts ration formulation software in the hands of smallholder dairy farmers. FST combines a least cost ration balancing software and phone app to match the nutrient needs of dairy animals to locally available feed resources. With this tool smallholder farmers have the information they need to improve the diets of their dairy animals, which can improve their productivity and health.

Competitive Advantage

Farmers have not access to ration formulation information on a routine basis; through the use of an App the technology is now widely available.

Milestones

Jan 2019
New Product or Service
The app can be downloaded for free from GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pathway.heifersolver&hl=en
Jan 2019
Key Partnership
Implementation
as part of
National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)
Oct 2016
New Country Implemented In
Nepal
Dec 2017
Created
Date Unknown
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$129,591
TITLEFeeding Support Tool Development for Enhancing Dairy Animal Productivity for Improved Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Nepal
TYPEGrant
FOCUS AREAS
Livestock & Agriculture
IMPLEMENTED INNepal

Supporting Materials

Innovation-Summary.pdf
FST-Poster.pdf