Cows and bulls searching for 'moo love' now have a mobile app to help their breeders.
A UK farming startup introduced a Tinder-style app, called Tudder, that lets farmers find breeding matches by viewing pictures of cattle with details of their age, location and owner. Users hear a mooing sound as they swipe — right to show they’re interested or left to reject possible matches.
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Hectare, which designed the app, says it "seeks to unite sheepish farm animals with their soulmates." Selling animals using social media can speed up a process that often involves transporting animals long distances for breeding.
"Tudder is a new swipe-led matchmaking app, helping farm animals across the U.K. find breeding partners in the quest for moo love," according to the Apple app store description.
Farmers that swipe right on an image of a particular cow — or group of cows — are directed to Hectare’s livestock-buying website, with a chance to contact the owner or make an offer. The listing website includes information on the animal’s character and any health issues.
Hectare raised over 3 million pounds ($3.9 million) from investors including government programs, author Richard Koch and tennis player Andy Murray, according to its website. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment after the app was described in the Sunday Times.
Profile descriptions range from 'nice big strong sorts make nice suckler cows' to 'quiet well grown young bull ready to work', and farmers can also restrict their online search by whether the animal is organic, pedigree or on a farm where tuberculosis has been detected.