Agri technology is now starting to take a firm grip on agriculture in Ireland, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is well-known that one of the most limiting factors for primary agriculture in Ireland at present is labour. The struggle to attract young people into the sector and the increase of farming in a part-time manner is leaving a void in terms of on-farm labour resources. While technology can’t solve this problem, it can certainly help to alleviate the issue.
A recent statistic showed that 40% of calf registrations occur between 8pm and 6am. And calf registrations are only a small part of the records that farmers are obliged to keep. Add Department records, quality assurance information and even accounting and tax obligations to this and the workload gets a whole lot greater, particularly if it isn’t being completed until after 8pm. This is when mistakes occur.