9 essential apps farmers should download this Christmas
Getting a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas will mean farmers now have the chance to download a whole range exciting and useful apps.
If you were lucky enough to find a new smartphone or tablet under the Christmas this year then here are 10 essential apps every farmer must download.
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Give the gift of no more farm paperwork and more time with the family and friends this Christmas.
Give the gift of Herdwatch, the award-winning app used by over 4,000 farmers, saving them hours on Bord Bia paperwork.
Compatible with smartphones, tablets, laptops or PCs, the app offers a range of features including:
- Record Bord Bia Remedies and Feed purchases.
- Paperless Farm to Farm Movement Certs.
- Calf birth Registration in under a minute.
- Record Weights in seconds.
- Manage Full Breeding Cycle.
- Easy spray compliance for new pesticide regulations.
The Donedeal app remains very popular in Ireland, with over 500,000 visitors a day on the country’s busiest and fastest selling website.
Users can easily create ads directly from their smartphone or tablet using the app, or search for items among the other 250,000 classified ads.
Through the Donedeal app, you can mange your own ads as well share an ad you are interested in on social media sites
The app includes features such as searching for adverts by keyword, browse by section, call and email sellers from within the app and save favourite ads for viewing later.
4. Beef PriceWatch
The Beef Price Watch app is an essential tool for farmers to check the latest prices from factories around the countries.
Prices for steers, heifers, cows, bulls and young bulls, which are collected by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, are included.
All prices shown in the app are final prices paid including VAT, while other statistics such as numbers slaughtered, different grade prices and average weights can also be viewed.
The app can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet by visiting the Department’s website.
5. Met Eireann
The Met Eireann app provides users with the latest Irish weather information, meaning it is essential for every farmer in Ireland.
The Met Eireann app includes the following features:
- Weather warnings
- Radar animation
- National and provincial forecasts
- Latest hourly weather reports
- Sea area forecasts
- Ferry crossings
- Coastal reports
- Inland lakes forecasts
- Satellite imagery
If your looking for an alternative weather app, the FarmHedge app could provide the answer while also offering the ability to book the delivery of farm inputs such as feed, fertiliser and animal health products.
By using a farm’s location the app can create a set of weather alerts relating to grass growth, harvesting, animal health, as well as fertilising and seeding, according to the developers.
Meanwhile, the app also aims to co-ordinate farmer buyer decisions locally so as to reduce input costs.
The developers of the FarmHedge app aim to improve the information flow between farmers and suppliers, so both individual or group discount levels can be taken advantage of.
7. Geo Area
Geo Area is designed to allow farmers to measure field areas, collect ground samples, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) surveys, and measuring perimeter shareable on all GIS platforms.
The app can be used by farmers for several agricultural applications, including land based surveys, farm fencing and crop yield estimation.
The app allows users to measure areas in feet, metres, acres, hectares or kilometres.
Geo Area is available on Android phones only, and is available for free on the Google Play Store.
8. Dry Grain Calculator
The Dry Grain Calculator app illustrates to farmers the effect that varying grain and oilseed moisture levels have on crop weight.
The app can compute the shrink weight and percentage that would result by drying grain to reach the targeted moisture content set by the app.
All users have to do is select the crop and the crop’s net weight as well as the starting moisture content.
The app includes a diverse range of crops, including corn, soybeans, sunflowers, oats and wheat. It has flexibility in enabling users to enter weights in bushels or pounds.
For users interested in managing grass levels on a farm the FarmGRAZE app may be the perfect app for you.
This app is designed to help farmer make full use of their grass and save money on bought in feeds and fertilizer.
The app has a wide array of features, including:
- Record grass sward height or kilos of dry matter per hectare
- Choose from a large selection of livestock types
- Include the type of grazing (rotational or continuous) and supplementary feeding activities
- Enter a Rising Plate Meter value if you have one
- Receive an instant calculation on the level of grazing on your field and advice on how to manage it
The app is available on Android phones only, and is available for free on the Google Play Store.