Lack of confidence prevents farmers from going hi-tech
A lack of confidence is the main factor preventing farmers from utilising mobile technology on farms.
Fabien Peyaud, co-founder of the Herdwatch mobile app also warned that a lack of broadband access in areas continues to hold back rural businesses and communities.
"I think it is a lack of confidence. I've said this for a good few years now that there is an urban myth about farmers not being techies," said Mr Peyaud.
"The reason farmers aren't using technology is that technology hasn't been suitable for them to use," he said.
"If you are fed that for years and years you end up believing that you are not capable of using that technology and that is not true. It is a self confidence thing."
Mr Peyaud said that if a person can send a text message then they can get to grips with an app and a phone is the one thing they'll have in their pockets at all times.
Mr Peyaud, who was talking about technology at the Teagasc National Dairy Conference, said the number of users of the Herdwatch app - designed to cut paperwork by allowing farmers record calf births or use of animal remedies on the move - is growing by around 100 a week.