Marion and Frank Matthews are Dairy farmers from Carraward West, Co. Limerick. Together they milk 98 cows and manage the replacements.One year ago, Marion visited the Innovation Arena at the Ploughing championships looking for something to help with farm paperwork and found just the thing, the Herdwatch app. We caught up with Marion to find out how Herdwatch has worked for her. Marion explained: “I downloaded the free trial and we were both very impressed… We decided to go ahead and purchase the subscription and life has become so much easier since then”.
It’s recorded there and then so nothing gets forgotten
When asked if Herdwatch had changed how she farmed, Marion told us that “Before Herdwatch, I had to record everything manually… being able to record everything on your smartphone as you go about your daily duties has greatly improved paperwork side of things for us”
It has made us become much more diligent in keeping records of everything
Marion and Frank use Herdwatch to record calf registrations, remedies, doses and vaccines for Bord Bia, serves and scanning records and most recently spraying. Marion told us that “It is so easy to record and visible to the eye at the click of a button.
The animal movements section is an absolute treat
When a private sale is taking place, Marion simply applies for the movement certs in Herdwatch in the yard and prints the cert from her email. Marion told us that “All signatures sorted before leaving the yard. This is definitely one feature which has made my life so easy”
You finish the phone call feeling it was a call well made
Like many farmers, Marion and Frank were new to the idea of using apps to manage their farm and knowing that there is a dedicated support team to help with any issue was very important. We asked Marion about the support team and she gave them a glowing review. She told us that “Each and everyone is so friendly and accommodating when you ring. They are all so people orientated and there’s always an element of humour attached to the conversation, you finish the phone call feeling it was a call well-made and well received”.