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Saturday 21 April 2018

Facebook farmers go with the flo using brothers' app

FARMING GOES DIGITAL: Gareth Devenney on the family farm.
FARMING GOES DIGITAL: Gareth Devenney on the family farm.
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

Farmers and computer apps seem an unlikely match – however, that didn't stop two Donegal brothers setting up a business that brings farmers into the digital age.

The brothers, Gareth and Jason Devenney set up their company, Farmflo, a year ago.

Before the company was set up, Gareth, who works on the family farm in Donegal's Lagan Valley, was finding himself buried in the paperwork that comes with running a farm. Jason developed a tool which made it easier for Gareth to manage the farm's paperwork – and the brothers realised that other farmers would use the technology too.

"There is more and more paperwork in farming today and it gets on top of farmers," said Gareth. "Our technology allows farmers to do their paperwork on the job – rather than at the end of the day."

About 120 farmers are already using a sheep app developed by Farmflo, while another 200 farmers are using the company's arable app. Farmers can use these apps on their iPads or iPhones.

"If a farmer is working with sheep or other animals, the sheep app can record the tag number for sheep – as well as any medication given to the animal," said Gareth.

He believes there will be a big demand for the technology. "There are more young farmers now and they're all on Facebook and using smartphones," said Gareth. "The future for farming is quite positive, the world has to eat and technology like this will be a major part of farming."

Irish Independent

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