Wintec digital resourced eveloper Debbie Care talks about
the benefits of applications on smartphones.
Dairy farmers took a leap into the technology area as
they were introduced to being hands-on with their smartphones
at the South Island Dairy Event last week.
Wintec digital resource developers Marlene Williamson and
Debbie Care told farmers to get to know their smartphones and
see what applications their systems hold and what
applications could be downloaded to benefit them in their
''They have a tool in their hands and it can do so much for
them,'' Mrs Williamson said.
A large amount of applications had been developed for
download to benefit farmers, such as measuring the amount of
effluent spread on to paddocks or accessing on farm figures
Mrs Williamson added that it was not only the downloaded
applications that would benefit farmers, as they could also
use their smartphones' existing applications to do things
such as take voice memos or send group text messages to all
of the farm's staff.
Farmers were told they needed to make their phone work for
Mrs Williamson and Mrs Care were also in the process of
developing a program that would allow farm owners and workers
to access day-to-day information on their smartphones.
While the program was being developed for a computer, it
would also be accessible on the smartphone.
The programme would hold information such as what paddocks
the cows were in, which herd was coming in for milking first
- all information that was normally on the dairy shed's white
board, Mrs Williamson said.
The benefits of smartphones on farms was large and farmers
needed to utilise the asset that was ''always in their
- by Nicole Sharp