Aberystwyth University launches new farming app for Android

ABERYSTWYTH University will launch its first commercial app for the farm sector at the Royal Welsh Show on Tuesday 24 July.

The app, called “farmGRAZE”, was built using the expertise of a team from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), and will help farmers to manage livestock grazing more efficiently and save money on feed and fertiliser.

Developed as part of a competition held last year for students and staff to suggest new ideas for mobile applications, the app will also allow farmers to calculate the grazing available to their livestock in a particular field and across their holding.

Dr Rhian Hayward from Commercialisation and Consultancy Services at the University said “As a university, we are in a strong position to realise the commercial value in our technologies and expertise. Transferring research into commercial products and services is of importance to us and I’m sure we will see many more apps developed in the future.”

There are two versions of the app available for farmers – a free version and a paid version. The free version will help farmers make better management decisions, improve their grazing swards and offer tips on grassland management.

The paid version, which will cost £5.99, will save grass measurement data, plot grass wedge information graphically, export information to e-mail in spreadsheet format and set reminders to check grass height in a user’s phone calendar. farmGRAZE has been developed in partnership with Arkuris Ltd and software developer CEMAS.