We keep adding smarts and features to Bovy, but the best source for those ideas is from our customers who make the most use of Bovy. If you every come across something new you wish Bovy could do, we'd love to hear from you.
You can pass the idea on to your DHI representative, or leave feedback from the app itself by clicking the DHI icon in the lower right corner. Or just shoot us an email at email@example.com.
We'd love to hear your ideas.
By the way, if you want Bovy to tell you the weather, or the time, or even a joke - have you tried asking her ? :)
Note: This requires the latest version 1.9, released February 7th. If sorting doesn't work, and Bovy says "I don't understand", you need to update your app
Like everything with Bovy, sorting is pretty easy. If you don't ask Bovy to sort, the answers will be sorted by either barn name or ID, depending on whether you have barn names turned on.
Lets say you want to find your oldest heifers, and when they're due.
You can ask or type something like
Show the age and due dates for heifers, sorted down by age
You'll get something like this :
So the oldest heifers are at the top of this list, which is what you asked for - "down by age".
You can sort by anything. For a cows due list, you could ask or type :
Which cows are due in the next two weeks, sort by due date ?
And you'll see the cows due soonest at the top.
So it's really easy to sort the answers if you want. And Bovy is pretty good at understanding sorts - you can say "by", or "sort by", or "sorted by", or "downby", yada yada - all that works.
And of course you can sort by anything - dates, eartags, milk, scc, anything.
We're listening to your requests and we've just released another update to make Bovy even better.
Sorting - Bovy can now sort her answers. Try asking :
"Which cows are due next month sorted by due date?"
You can also use "down by" to reverse the order. And anything can be sorted - eartags, EIDs, dates, milk, etc.
We've added a third column on all the lists, to show a little more info.
Finally, as always, we fixed a few things, and taught Bovy a few more words. Bovy is always getting smarter. Hopefully not too smart.
So if your device settings don't automatically update your app, click over to your App Store (or Play Store for Android) and update to this latest version.
The About page in Bovy shows your version, the latest is 1.8.
Thanks for using Bovy !
*Note : Bulk Tank Contribution might not be available if your herd hasn't been updated recently.
Those are notifications.
The red circle on the barn icon means a herd has been updated (either your herd, or the weekly demo herd update).
The red circle on the newspaper means there is a new blog post, like the one you are reading now.
When you ask a "how many" question - like
How many heifers will calve this week ?
Bovy answers with the count.
But it also shows a button you can press to show the list of those cows.
For example :
When you click that button you see the list :
If you would have asked
Which heifers will calve this week ?
It would show the list right away.
Bovy version 1.7 has now been released on December 18.
We've added a "Quick Herdlist" button on the main screen so you can see a list of all your cows.
There's an "edit" button on the herdlist page that lets you limit the list to cow, heifers, and pregnant or open animals.
We've also moved the Settings option from the main screen to the toolbar on the top.
Finally, we added Search boxes to both the normal lists, and the Quick Herdlist, so you can quickly enter a cow ID.
Be sure to update your app to this latest version !
Bovy knows a little bit about sires too.
If you ask for a sire (using the name, or NAAB code, or part of either) it will bring up a list of matching sires.
For example ask bovy :
And you'll see this
And if you click a sire you'll see
With a few pieces of information on that sire. We actually have much more that that, and if we get requests for more detailed sire information we can add more detail.
If you prefer using the barn names instead of the numeric ID, you can do that.
Instead of entering or asking an ID number, you can enter or ask the barn name.
To use barn names, you need to first click the setup icon (the gear) and set the "Use Barn Names'" switch on.
For example, if you say
It will bring up the cowcard for Violet. (If you don't have a Violet, you can use a different name ;) )
When barn names are enabled, lists will show the barn name instead of the ID.
.A new update was posted October 25th.
And various internal improvements throughout the application.
If the home screen does not show version 1.5, be sure to go to your app store and download this update!