This week on Farm Business we look into the increased use of livestock software management and how it can improve your farm.

This week on Farm Business we look into the increased use of livestock software management and how it can improve your farm.

Technology has started to take the agricultural world by storm, with increased influx of new technologies now available to help improve farm practices.

One such technology is livestock software management, which has become increasingly popular in the country. It can be used for any type of animal such as dairy cows, beef, sheep and more. But what benefits does it offer? And how does it work?

The Tech:
Livestock software management is simply the way forward for farmers. It is not only a time saver but also helps save money for farmers. It is a way to eradicate the long arduous hours spent by farmers sorting through and filling out paperwork.

It allows farmers to record their daily farm paperwork, without having to pick up a pen! All information is recorded through an app, like the one offered by Herdwatch. It enables farmers to also record information on the spot, rather than having to remember information to input into a computer at a later date.

The app supplied by Herdwatch for example, can record remedies for Bord Bia compliance and a compliance cert can be applied for directly through the application. It is full approved by the department allowing for uploading of herd details and allows for paperless cattle movement. Paperless cattle movement means farmers can now move animals between farms, without having to contact the department. Herdwatch are not the only supplier of a system like this, but many farmers, an estimated 6,000, are making use of their new software.

This is because the App is approved by the Department, meaning it does all the hard work for you by notifying the department of changes on your behalf. It means farmers now do not have to download forms and fill them out manually, a task which can take hours for some cattle dealers.

Calf registration can also be carried out within seconds on the application, which is available in the Play store. The app also allows for the recording of cattle weights, average daily gains and more, meaning farmers can keep a close eye on their stock and save money as well.

Herdwatch developed the app based on the core principles of their company, “value for money, saving time and easy use”. It also includes a full tutorial for all interested parties, making it extremely for first time users to get the hang of it.

The app also contains breeding management software, meaning farmers can now record serves, scan results, heat detections and more. It is also fully linked to the ICBF, meaning the app does all the tedious work for you.

What exactly it does:

  • Can record cattle weights
  • Records Average daily weight gains
  • Records remedies for Bord Bia compliance
  • Allows for uploading of herd details (department approved)
  • Enables on the spot calf registration
  • Allows for breeding management (recording of heat detection, serves, scan results)
  • It is fully linked to the ICBF, and informs them of any changes to your herd for you.
  • Helps with an animal’s health management (dosing etc)
The app, in particular this one by Herdwatch, not only saves farmers a huge amount of time, but also money too. It is no surprise that over 6,000 farmers are currently using the application, with many more expected to jump on the bandwagon soon.

This application eradicates all the unpleasurable aspects of running a farm, making life easier and without huge volumes of paperwork. Sure what more could you want?

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