Drones, GPS and smartphone apps - the brave new world of farming
Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30
There are major changes afoot in the way farmers use technology with apps, GPS trackers for precision farming, drones and farm management software on the rise.
The notion that farmers are reluctant to embrace new time-saving technologies on their farms is a misconception according to one of the creators behind an app being used on Irish farmyards.
"Farmers will always respond if you can remove the red tape for them," said Fabien Peyaud, the co-founder of the Herdwatch mobile app.
"I always thought there is a misconception out there around farmers and technology. The reason they weren't using technology is the technology that suited them wasn't available."
Mr Peyaud said they have noticed a massive increase in interest among farmers in technology. Over 3,200 farmers now use Herdwatch with over 2,000 farmers signing up to the app in the last five months.
The app is designed to allow farmers to cut paperwork by allowing farmers record calf births or use of animal remedies on the move in farmyards.
Herdwatch has been used to register 100,000 calves since January 1 - over five times the level of usage last year.
"We are seeing farmers coming to us that would have been sceptical about technology but they are now asking questions about what it can do and they are driving it on themselves," he said.