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Beef Farmer introduces technology to his West of Ireland Farm

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| Oct 26, 2018

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Eoin Burns runs a beef finishing enterprise in Corofin, Co. Galway. The family run farm stretches across a total of 75 acres. The 28-year-old farmer operates a store-to-beef system, bringing all cattle to beef at approximately 24 months of age.

 

Growing up Eoin was always an active member on his family farm in Corofin. In 2015, Eoin took over the reins of the family farm from his father, Gerard.However, he noted that his father is still very active around the farm. Eoin echoes the issue on who makes the final decision when it comes to running the farm.

“In the end, nine times out of 10, my father made that decision. When he transferred the farm over to me, I’d like to say it has changed, but it hasn’t.”

Determined to put his stamp on the farm Eoin started making some changes. With an eye on health and safety, Eoin constructed a new 4-bay slatted unit, to make the day-to-day running of his enterprise both easier and safer for himself and Gerard. Eoin also relies on Herdwatch keep his paperwork up-to-date.

Technology made easy

Technology is changing the face of Irish agriculture and Eoin has adapted to this change. After learning about the Herdwatch app from his girlfriend, Karen, he was very impressed with how easy many tasks could become.

Eoin openly admits that he is not a “very tech guy” but outlines how the app is easy for both young and older generation farmers to use.

“I don’t think I’m as tech savvy as the average 28 year old, but the way the Herdwatch app is designed is very user friendly.”

 

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Scanning medicines using the Herdwatch app

Compliant at all times

Eoin explains how the Herdwatch app ensures he is complaint at all times.

“So for TB testing, I can just look at my phone and straight away I can see which cattle are out of date, so I know I have to get a private TB test for those before I can sell them.”

Before introducing Herdwatch to his farm he would have to go look through cards and paperwork, but now he has it all on his phone for whenever he needs it.

Eoin uses the app when he purchases feed, medicine and when he is administrating medicine. He credits Herdwatch for being extremely helpful when it comes to recording data under Bord Bia’s Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS).

“When I started using it, I got a 30 day free trial; that was six or seven months ago and it’s been vital ever since.”

Read more about how Herdwatch can help with Bord Bia Paperwork.

 

Try the app for free

Getting set up on Herdwatch has never been easier, farmers can now simply download the app and sign up to the FREE-PLAN.

The new Free-Plan which allows farmers to:

  • Download their Herd from APHIS (NI), BCMS (UK) or Agfood (IRL) 
  • Record 5 calf registrations
  • Record their medicine purchases
  • Record Heat detection and general tasks

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