Innovation Appreciation at the National Dairy Show 2018


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| Oct 22, 2018

National Dairy show Innovation award

This weekend the Herdwatch team proudly attended the 35th annual National Dairy Show, in Millstreet, Co. Cork. As promised it was a fun filled day for family and trader alike.

At the event, Herdwatch participated in the National Dairy Show Innovation Awards. The awards aim to reward a new product or service, which has been launched in the past 12 months. One that has revolutionised some aspect of dairy farming.


NDS Innovation Awards

Herdwatch team members Dan and Gearoid receiving first place in the technology category and Overall Winner of the NDS Innovation Awards.

The Herdwatch team recognised the National Dairy Show Innovation Awards as the perfect opportunity to showcase our new Farm Medicine Scanner on the day.

The Farm Medicine Scanner is aimed at all farmers- beef, dairy, tillage and sheep. It has bountiful benefits for users, the preeminent being making life easier for the farmer as well as ensuring their always compliant . The initial inspiration for the Farm Medicine Scanner came from the fact that recording farm medicines has been a constant challenge for farmers for years. With this we created a piece of software to make it much easier for farmers to record their medicines by allowing them to record purchases and treatments on the spot using the Herdwatch app.

We built a smart Barcode scanner into the Herdwatch app that allows farmers to simply scan their farm medicines into the app using the camera on their smartphone. The sheer efficiency of this technology is that the Herdwatch app can recognise a Barcode and can identify what medicine it is and what its corresponding VPA (IRE) or VMD (UK) number is. If there is a QR code available, the app will also be able to automatically pull in the Batch-number and Expiry date.

Our innovation did not go unnoticed as we received first prize in the technology category, before later being announced as the Overall Winner of the NDS Innovation Awards as well.

We are truly passionate about providing next level technology for members. Offering not only the most up to date software but one that is extremely user friendly and accessible. As the first in our class to provide this software to users. It goes to show as the number One farm management App you’ve to stay on top, to be on top!

We would like to thank all the organisers of the National Dairy Show for a fantastic day, showcasing all the best in the agricultural industry. Likewise, we would like to thank our current and growing members for their continued support.

From all of us here at Herdwatch we’re already looking forward to next year’s Awards, as we plan to keep on innovating!


NDS Innovation Awards 2Presenting the Overall Winner of the Carbery sponsored National Dairy Innovation Award 2018 include Denis Lehane, Judge, John Kirby , NDS Show Director, Sean Kelly, MEP, Gearoid Kenny, Herdwatch, Paula Hynes, Judge and Alan Jagoe, Judge at the National Dairy Show , Green Glens Arena , Millstreet, Co.Cork.


Try it yourself 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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