Pig producers throughout Ireland look set to benefit from
improved recording technology thanks to a new agreement
between Agridata and pig data management specialists Agrosoft
In January, Agridata became licensed partners for Agrosoft's
WinPig programme and handheld technology. The agreement
allows Agridata to exclusively supply and support the company's
full range of recording software in Ireland. Agridata,
which is owned and managed by Harry Ferguson was established
over twenty three years ago and now records 35-40% of the
combined sows both north and south of the border and accounts
for more than 150 producers.
Highlighting the new arrangement, Harry Ferguson explains, "We
have been successfully supporting our clients with a traditional
programme format. The reality is that technology has moved
on to such an extent that we believed we would miss out
on fully exploiting the benefits of new windows compatible
systems -. If we fail to keep pace then ultimately pig
producers are disadvantaged. This agreement allows our
client's access to the most progressive technology available
and helps to ensure their competitiveness going forward.
James Nesling, Agrosoft UK Ltd sales and marketing manager
is delighted with the agreement. "We believe that
by working with Agridata and their clients we can extend
the capabilities of WinPig across a wider base. Harry and
his team have a first class reputation and understanding
of the pig industry. Together we aim to increase the on-farm
benefits from recording, hopefully help reduce cost of
production and drive up efficiency."
Producers using the WinPig programme supplied through
Agridata will benefit from Windows based software allowing
full integration with existing and new hardware. The programme
allows for simple imputing of existing herd data so producers
can carry over records from most existing systems and importantly
producers will be able to update their WinPig programmes
as new versions and updates come online.
Agrosoft UK who recently acquired HM Boot in the UK has
invested heavily in adapting their established desk based
programmes for hand-held applications. Using a hand-held
PC WinPig producers can record daily events such as individual
services and farrowing data. At the end of the day or even
weekly this data can be uploaded to a desk based PC to
produce standard or tailored reports.
This type of technology is consistent with the current
DARD Scheme, "Increasing Access to ICT", which
promotes the use of innovative Information and Communication
Technology within farm businesses in Northern Ireland.
Producers can apply to DARD, and provided they meet the
selection criteria, will receive a handheld device to link
with their WinPig programme. Successful applicants will
be asked to complete evaluations on the use of this technology
within their business. Highlighting the benefits to Northern
Irish producers of the" Increasing Access to ICT Scheme" Manus
McHenry, Scheme Manager based at Greenmount Campus confirmed, "Farmers
have the opportunity to access the newest computer technology
and evaluate its use within their business. In this instance
the ability to record and access enterprise information
on the move using a handheld device has the potential to
improve accuracy, efficiency and overall business performance.
Feedback from farmers to date availing of this new technology
has been very positive." He says.
Harry Ferguson points to the success of Agrosoft customer.
Andrew McCrea from Stewartstown, Co Tyrone. "Andrew
has three hand-held PCs on his unit. This is allowing his
staff to record on the move and concentrate on managing
stock the best they can. The reports that they receive
back provides them with working tasks for the following
week." Harry believes that the technology has the
potential to drive up performance. "Having reliable
and real-time information to hand allows managers and their
staff to take informed decisions when they need to."
Over the coming months further enhancements will be available.
Agrosoft are extending their highly successful Handi-calc
programme, which allows producers to measure the success
and impact of changing various production and performance
Harry is enthusiastic about the further potential of the
tie up with Agrosoft. "I believe that we now have
access to the best pig recording software and support available
in Europe. Enabling producers to control their businesses
by identifying and managing the key areas that affect profitability
will help to strengthen a vibrant and innovative pig industry
in this country." He concludes.
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