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Bovitrato manages the nutrition of the entire life cycle of cattle with GeneXus.

The system, which was previously used only in confinement, now automates the breeding and rearing stages of the animals, ensuring total control of nutrition from gestation to the slaughter moment.

Bovitrato, a company created through the partnership between FMX and Seys, has added new modules to its livestock confinement management solution.

From now on, the system, developed with GeneXus, allows the user to manage costs and automate the entire cattle feeding chain. This process includes the breeding phase, from cow gestation to calf birth, and the rearing phase, covering the animal's growth until the confinement or fattening stage.

Through the solution, the animal nutritionist can determine and parameterize the entire nutrition plan in the software, which sends planned production orders for loading and unloading operations in feed mixers, whether in vehicles (trucks and tractors) or static mixers. The scale, incorporated in the mixers, selects the necessary ingredients and prepares the diet, whether for individual animals or batches of cattle.

To ensure complete automation of these stages, the Bovitrato system is connected to a mechanism composed of a wireless weighing module (MPSF) that connects to the load cells of the equipment, sending weight readings to the application. The application then registers and manages the loading data. The solution also includes a remote display that allows the loading shovel to connect to any of the production equipment and accurately dose the inputs. Long-range transmitters are used to enable communication between the equipment.

Thus, only one animal nutritionist is needed to prepare the cattle diet, along with a professional responsible for driving the truck and delivering the feed to the pens. This results in a 5 to 10% reduction in labor and a 0.6% saving in feed inputs during feeding processes, as the distributed weight is closer to the planned amount.

In practice, this automation represents a saving of approximately 60,000 reais for a farm that confines 9,000 head of cattle per cycle.

Additionally, the application allows the user to manage the entire cattle diet, ensuring total control of nutrition from cow gestation to the moment the animal goes to the slaughterhouse. This is possible because as the cattle are fed, through production orders, the loaded values of each ingredient for individual feeding are recorded in the system, creating a history for each animal. With this record, producers have precise control over the expenses of animal nutrition, knowing exactly the quantity and cost of the diet, which reduces human errors in calculations related to expenses and the quantity of inputs used in the processes. It is worth noting that inputs represent 70% of the cost of confinement.

In addition to automation and control of feeding through native integration between hardware and software, Bovitrato also includes sanitary control, feeder and animal management, feed factory control, cost management, and sales analysis.

According to Marcela Coutinho, partner and owner of Bovitrato, the livestock market in Brazil still lags significantly behind in terms of digitization, as most processes are manually conducted. "With the goal of contributing to the modernization of the sector, we decided to update our platform and enable the automation and digitization of other processes in cattle feeding," she explains.

Currently, 60 producers use the application, which can be marketed in modules according to the user's needs. The objective is to double the number of system users within a year. Clients can choose to acquire only the confinement management system or opt for the complete package, which includes the automation software. Furthermore, producers have the option to purchase specific modules for the breeding, rearing, or fattening phases, thus adapting to the specific production carried out on their farms.

"The automation of cattle feeding with Low-Code brings productivity gains and independence in technological updates. In this regard, GeneXus allows constant platform changes, ensuring that the market and the livestock sector can evolve and efficiently meet the needs of rural producers," adds Ricardo Recchi, General Manager of GeneXus in Brazil, Portugal and Cape Verde.