Many farmers worry about an inspection for cross-compliance, or other requirement, and then being penalised for not having their records up-to-date.
That was the fear of Gareth Devenney, co-founder of Farmflo, a new, easy-to-use software application that reduces the stress of compliance.
Farmflo reduces the time spent maintaining farm records, while bringing peace of mind, knowing that your records are up-to-date.
Farmflo is suitable for both arable and livestock farmers.
Herd data can be imported easily into Farmflo, and events can then be recorded as they happen.
Record the births, purchases, sales and deaths into Farmflo, and you will automatically be keeping an approved herd.
Applications can be made for movement permits, and animal deaths can be recorded. All medicine purchases can be kept in an inventory, once you have a stock-list of products available to you, as well as a breakdown of vet and medicine costs per cow.
Treatments administered to animals in your herd can also be recorded, and the alert system will remind the farmer of the minimal withdrawal periods for veterinary treatments.
Fertiliser, slurry and pesticide applications can be recorded easily on a field-by-field or paddock basis.
Pesticide and fertiliser records can be maintained easily in a clear, concise format for reporting to assurance schemes or processors, and for cross-compliance.
All variable inputs, such as fertiliser, seed, etc, can be recorded, including their prices, allowing for gross-margin analysis of different crops.
Farmflo’s mobile app allows you to record details while you are out in the field.
A farmer’s busy work-load often allows little time for record-keeping in the evenings, and it is left for weeks, or months, before being updated.
With the Farmflo Touch app, you can manage your farm records while you’re on-the-go, and record or check past activities from anywhere. You can record even without a broadband connection. The information will be updated later, when you are connected to the internet. Having graduated from Greenmount Agricultural College and spent a year working on large farms in Australia, Farmflo co-founder, Gareth Devenney, took on the day-to-day operation of the 140-acre family farm in Co Donegal.
Over the last ten years, he focused on increasing cereal production, and building up the farm’s commercial flock of sheep.
His brother, Jason, is also a Farmflo co-founder. He studied IT in London; developed software for Walt Disney and Global Aerospace; and co-founded cloud-based ERP start-up, Siondo. Then, he was a senior project manager for SAS Software, implementing multi-million-dollar secure intelligence solutions for government agencies and police forces globally, before co-founding Farmflo.
The Devenneys launched their Farmflo software last June, and their Farmflo team has grown to 14 people. More recently, they launched Farmflo version 2, a mobile application, and herd-management modules.
Their highlight of 2014 was being named the most innovative start-up in agriculture at the National Ploughing Championships.
Farmflo is now being used by hundreds of farmers across Ireland and the UK, and the company was selected by AIB as one of only eight Irish companies to present their innovative technology in the Alpha programme at the Web Summit in Dublin, last November.
With the support of AIB, the Devenneys aim to develop Farmflo as a global software company, utilising local resources and talent from the farming community.
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