Ol Maisor Ranch in Kenya ran over 800 head of camels of two main breeds: indigenous African and Pakistani. The managers tracked their condition (weight, medical conditions, response to treatments, breeding) frequently, predominantly at the ‘monthly crush’ where all the camels were individually inspected.
The paper records of decades of tracking amounted to several lever arch folders of paper and hundreds of card indexes. These were suitable for individual animals, but assessing statistical benefits of one breed combination over another was impractical.
Small Business Systems, the ancestor of Unusual Systems, delivered a bespoke system based on principles developed in delivering human private practice medical software, implemented as an object oriented database in Borland Pascal and including a SQL-like query language for analytical reports.