Celebrating 7 years of changing livestock medication


In September of 2019, automed celebrated 7 years since David Edwards founded the automatic livestock medication company. A lot has happened in seven years including the advancement of the system and products, new markets, challenges, and rewards. 

In September of 2012, Edwards launched a vision to bring weight-based dosing and data recording not only to the sheep industry but to the livestock industry as a whole. Through rigorous testing and many, many trials, the automed system was ready for commercial release in 2016. Since its release, the system has been used globally with established distribution partners in Australia, North America, and Europe. 

automed device, then

As more livestock producers started using the system, it was discovered the benefit of automatic data recording and inventory management. This would add yet another great benefit for producers. The automed Web Portal was later launched as a central hub for all data recording including individual animal records and treatment records. Not only was adding to the producer’s bottom line by reducing cost and medication waste, but managers were also able to better evaluate livestock and employee performance when administering medication treatments. Most recently, inventory management has been added to the Web Portal. This allows managers to manage the medication and amounts in stock, and ensure the necessary quantities are on-hand when needed. 

“It seems like it has been a lot longer than seven years since we first got started,” comments David Edwards, CEO of automed. “Throughout these past years, there have been many ups and downs, and more hurdles than I can count. We have overcome all of the challenges that have been thrown our way, and have been able to continuously improve our system to meet the needs of livestock producers.”

automed device and adapters, seven years later

Our Top 7 Highlights:

  • First commercial release
    • The first production of 100 units and release of the automed system was completed in 2016.First commercial release
  • A3 series adapter release
    • The A3 series adapter release allowed the automed system to become more customizable for livestock producers of all types including 3ml, 10ml and 20ml adapters. 
  • Move to Huxley, USA with 12,500 square feet headquarters and production
    • In 2017, automed USA was founded with the relocation of headquarters to the USA. In late 2018, automed opened the new state-of-the-art facility in Huxley, Iowa which houses all production of the automed device and adapters. 
  • Established global distribution and customer base
    • With distribution partners established in Australia and North America, the automed customer base quickly grew and throughout 2018 and 2019, distribution partners were added in Europe, including France and Spain, as well as Uganda and South Africa. 
  • Global recognition with iAwards and Top 15
  • Release of Set & Forget
    • More internet connect, no problem. The automed system can be set up through the automed app, and then disconnected to administer livestock medications without the need to be connected to the app. 
  • Release of iOS app
    • Prior to 2019, the automed system was only available on Android devices. For the first time, the automed app for iOS was released in mid-2019.
  • BONUS: Direct integration (SDK)
    • As if 2019 wasn’t a big enough year, the automed team developed and released the new Standard Development Kit, which allows for direct integration with third-party systems. 

Edwards adds, “These top seven accomplishments would not be possible without the diverse team that we have at automed. The talent that the team brings to the table helps us to keep moving forward and having success. None of this would be possible without the strong foundation that we have built.”

automed environment

Now, seven years later, automed has successfully been changing livestock medication. Allowing livestock producers globally to administer weight-based dosing, record livestock treatment records, and monitor inventory management, farmers have been able to add value to their bottom line by saving time and money. With the ever-changing consumer demands to know how animals are treated and where food comes from, automatic data recording has enabled producers to enhance their record-keeping throughout the life of each animal.

And, we are just getting started.

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