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Livestock management platform receives innovation award

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Shared by Info • June 21, 2024

iLivestock’s revolutionary integrated management platform has been awarded a Royal Highland Show silver award recognising technical innovation that advances efficient farming practices.

The iLivestock platform offers a simple, affordable and integrated package of advanced on-farm software, hardware and a digital support hub, for sheep and cattle monitoring.

Ewen Wardman, CEO and co-founder of iLivestock, has big ambitions for the company; to disrupt the livestock monitoring market and encourage farmers to think differently about animal performance.

“Our platform allows farmers to adopt a precision, data-driven approach, making the recording and analysis of farm operations and livestock productivity easy and accessible,” he says.

“For years, the UK sheep and beef sector has been underrepresented by agri-tech advancements, with most solutions geared towards ‘large scale’ enterprises, leaving the majority of farms behind.”

In the current climate, this has to change. The iLivestock platform aims to address the challenge head-on to support these farms in driving profits by managing what they can monitor.

“We wanted to provide an affordable, easy-to-use precision livestock technology that will help farmers monitor and improve efficiency and therefore profitability,” says Mr Wardman.

“iLivestock doesn’t just offer products; as a company, we’re committed to the future of farming and aim to ensure every farmer has the tools to thrive in an increasingly competitive world focused on sustainability,” adds Mr Wardman.

RHASS Technical Innovations Awards

The annual RHASS Technical Innovations Awards, held at the 202nd Royal Highland Show, support new agricultural inventions and highlight the importance of technical advancement in Scotland's agriculture. iLivestock is honoured to receive the award, reaffirming their commitment to leading the industry in agricultural technology.

About iLivestock

iLivestock offers software and hardware solutions for sheep and beef cattle farmers to manage their flocks and herds using a smartphone or tablet. Its technology, all developed and tested in the UK, simplifies farm compliance and animal record keeping, removes cost barriers to effective livestock management, and allows data-capture to fit seamlessly into farming routines.

Events

Discover Innovation at the iLivestock Stand at the Royal Highland Show!

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Shared by Info • June 18, 2024

The iLivestock team is gearing up to make a grand entrance at this year’s Royal Highland Show, taking place from June 20th to 23rd at the Royal Highland Centre, EH28 8NB. As always, our stand promises to be a hub of innovation, expertise, and inspiration for sheep and cattle farmers across the UK.

🕘 When and Where

  • 📅 20 – 23June
  • 🕘 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily
  • 📍 Royal Highland Centre, EH28 8NB
  • 👀 Stand M 5(B)

Whether you’re a seasoned farmer or just starting out, the iLivestock stand is the place to be for cutting-edge solutions, expert advice, and the latest technologies that could transform your farming operations.

Why visit our stand?

  • Innovative technology: Discover the latest advancements in livestock management, from smart feeding systems to health monitoring tools that can boost productivity and animal welfare.
  • Expert guidance: Meet with our team of seasoned agricultural experts who are ready to discuss your unique challenges and offer tailored solutions to enhance your farm’s efficiency and sustainability.
  • Exclusive Show Offers: We’ve got some fantastic deals and exclusive show-only offers that you won’t want to miss. Not to mention the free demos that could give your farm the edge it needs.

See you there!

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to see how iLivestock can help you take your farming to the next level. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and we look forward to welcoming you at the Royal Highland Show!

Events

Visit iLivestock at NSA Scotsheep 2024

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Shared by Info • May 30, 2024

iLivestock to showcase its innovative livestock technology at NSA Scotsheep 2024

iLivestock is thrilled to announce its participation in NSA Scotsheep 2024, taking place on Wednesday, 5th June at Aikengall Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar. Scottish sheep and cattle farmers can find iLivestock at Stand 30, Marquee 1, in the Silage Pit area.

NSA Scotsheep 2024 is a key event for farmers seeking the latest advancements in livestock management. iLivestock, a UK-based agricultural tech company, is revolutionising livestock management through innovative technology solutions tailored for cattle and sheep farmers. Our integrated platform combines reliable software, durable hardware, and dedicated support to enhance farm operational efficiency and animal welfare.

Event details

📅 When: 5 June, 9:00 - 5:00PM
📍 Where: Aikengall Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1SG
👀 Find us on stand 30 in marquee 1 (Silage Pit area)

Highlights at the iLivestock stand include:

  • Live demonstrations: See how our livestock farm management software, along with our cutting-edge hardware technology, simplifies data recording and analysis.
  • Expert insights: Learn about the latest in livestock technology from our knowledgeable team.
  • Interactive Q&A sessions: Get your questions answered by our specialists.
  • Special show offers: Enjoy exclusive event-only promotions on our products and services.

Be sure to say hi 👋

Join us on 5th June at Aikengall Farm to discover how iLivestock can revolutionise your farming practices. We look forward to meeting Scotland’s dedicated sheep and cattle farmers!

Don't miss this opportunity to talk to our staff and learn how we can help you improve your farm productivity and profitability. Visit us at NSA Scotsheep on stand 30 and keep an eye out for our show offer.

We look forward to meeting you!

Customer review

Duncan Family Farms: Improving livestock performance with iLivestock

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Shared by Info • May 01, 2024

Meet the Duncan Family, a family-run farming business with several generations working on the farm, and part of the QMS Monitor Farm Network.

Dedicated to improving the performance of their livestock without harming the environment, the Duncan couple recently started using iLivestock and eWeigh to record and monitor the pregnancy and weight of their animals.

Farm highlights

📍 Lands Of Drumhead, Balfron, United Kingdom
🚜 Sheep and cattle farmers on a 1,250-hectare farm
🐑 1,300 sheep
🐂 180-190 calves

iLivestock features used on the farm:

  • Breeding records
  • Weight recording
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Performance analysis

Discover the innovative and sustainable farming methods of the Duncan Family, and how iLivestock is transforming their on the farm practices 👨‍🌾📱

Photo credit: Photographer Craig Stephen // On photo from left: Sally, Bruce, Rebecca and Shona Duncan.

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Affordable farm equipment bundles for British farmers

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Shared by Info • April 03, 2024

Introducing equipment bundles for UK farmers: Get more with iLivestock

Are you a British sheep or cattle farmer? Whether you're just starting out or looking to expand your operations, iLivestock has you covered. The team at iLivestock have over 10 years of experience in the farming industry. With this experience we have pulled together some bundles that we know just work!

Our bundles apply to the Small Grants Efficiency Scheme in Wales and the following Farming Equipment and Technology Fund 2024 (FETF) grants in England:

  • 🚜 FETF82SH / FETF82CA - EID handheld device (stick reader)
  • 🚜 FETF81SH / FETF81CA - EID handheld recorder device
  • 🚜 FETF78SH / FETF78SH - Individual electronic weigh system

The grant scheme packages combine the best weighing and EID reading technology with a competitive price. From nothing to everything you need!

Reader Bundle (£750 ex. VAT)

Simplify tag management with easy EID reading. The perfect bundle to get you started with tag identification on the farm.

Eligible with:

  • FETF82SH / FETF82CA - EID handheld device (stick reader) 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Bundle features:

  • iLivestock eTagReader (+ free app): Simplify tag management.
  • iPad or Android Tablet: Included for data synchronisation.

Reader Plus Bundle (£900 ex. VAT)

Capture electronic identification data effortlessly. This bundle is for those who have the know-how and want to get even better at EID reading.

Eligible with:

  • FETF81SH / FETF81CA - EID handheld recorder device 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
  • Small Grants Efficiency Scheme: EID handheld device 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Bundle features:

  • iLivestock eTagReader (+ free app): Read and manage electronic tags with ease.
  • iPad or Android Tablet: Included for seamless data integration.
  • Armor-X tablet / iPad Case: Protect your tablet during fieldwork.
  • Armor-X Mount: Securely attach your tablet to the reader.

Weighing Bundle (£1100 ex. VAT)

Track and manage livestock weights with ease. This bundle is perfect to get you started with weighing your livestock.

Eligible with:

  • FETF78SH / FETF78CA - Individual electronic weigh system 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
  • Small Grants Efficiency Scheme: Electronic weigh system 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Bundle features:

  • iLivestock eWeigh weigh indicator (+ free app): Seamlessly track livestock weights and manage data.
  • iPad or Android Tablet: Included for convenient data entry.
  • Armor-X tablet / iPad Case: : Protect your tablet or iPad during farm use.
  • Armor-X Mount: Securely attach your tablet to the weighing system.
  • Optional Add-On: Weigh bars and weigh platforms for livestock.

Why Choose iLivestock?

Compatibility ⚙️

Our integrated platform combines software and hardware for seamless livestock management. It also supports third-party hardware. Already have equipment on your farm? No worries! Our technology is fully compatible with Tru-Test, Datamars, Ritchie, Gallagher, Allflex, and Shearwell Data.

Best price in the market 💷

We manufacture our own farm equipment, so you can be sure our pricing is, and stays, competitive. Because our prices are so competitive, you can enjoy a complimentary annual subscription to iLivestock Software, and receive a phone case and mount for free. More bank for your buck.

Made in the UK 🇬🇧

We are passionate about supporting British farming All our products are manufactured in the UK. This way, you can trust in British craftsmanship and quality, not to mention, there is the quick delivery time frame.

All-in-one support ☎️

Comprehensive support is at the heart of our service. Our support hub offers an all-in-one support network where users get direct assistance from experienced staff who can provide help in the field, online, or through in-app chat. The platform also includes support articles, tutorials, and bespoke training to ensure you get the most out of the products.

What to do next

Contact us to retrieve a quote for your preferred bundle that you can submit with your grant scheme application. If you want, you can reserve your order with us today, by placing a 50% refundable deposit.


Get in touch

Not sure what it is that you want? Give us a call to talk it over with our team:
📧 [email protected]
☎️ 01383 324 358

Feature update

iLivestock Dashboard: Empowering Your Livestock Management

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Shared by Info • March 01, 2024

Are you tired of drowning in paperwork and struggling to keep your livestock data organised? Look no further! We introduce to you the iLivestock Dashboard: the web based platform for efficient livestock management. With just a push of a button, you can generate comprehensive compliance and performance reports from the comfort of your home. Based on the information you capture using our app in the field.

The iLivestock Dashboard puts you in control, allowing you to make informed decisions with confidence:

  • Monitor health, growth, and productivity metrics—all in one place.
  • Make informed decisions that impact your farm’s bottom line.
  • Analyse your flock and herd performance using a desktop
  • Download reports for detailed analysis and to share with others.

Livestock management on your desktop

  1. Customisable reports: Tailor reports to your specific needs. Whether it’s herd health, feed efficiency, or breeding performance, the dashboard delivers.
  2. Custom filters: Configure filters based on your preferences. View animals by specific criteria such as age, health status, or breeding history.
  3. Individual animal profiles: Dive deeper into specific animals. Get an overview of data, including identifiers, health records, and more.
  4. Weight performance insights: Visualise growth over time. The weight graph provides valuable insights into individual animal performance.
  5. Access anytime, anywhere: Your animal data is at your fingertips, whether you’re in the field or sipping tea in the farmhouse.

Tailor-made dashboard features

iLivestock’s dashboard is tailor-made for you. Let’s dive into the essential features:

Breeding performance

  • Enhance your breeding program.
  • Evaluate tupping performance.
  • Review scanning results.
  • Dive into offspring statistics.
  • Gain an insightful overview of overall breeding performance.

Flock book

Keep meticulous records of your sheep population.

  • Track on and off movements seamlessly.
  • Manage identification and birth details.
  • Record unfortunate losses (deaths).
  • Easily handle tag replacements.
  • Get a comprehensive overview with the “All Sheep Report.”

Herd book

For our cattle farmers, the Herd Book is your go-to.

  • Monitor movements in and out of your herd.
  • Efficiently manage herd movements.
  • Capture vital birth information.
  • Document any losses (deaths).
  • Quickly handle tag replacements.

Medicine book

  • Safeguard your livestock’s health.
  • Log medicine administration for both cattle and sheep.
  • Track disposal routes for safe handling.
  • Stay informed about your medicine stock.

Weights

  • Optimise growth and performance.
  • Monitor lifetime weight gain.
  • Calculate daily weight changes.
  • Analyse data in group-based or timeline-based views.
  • Identify top-performing animals effortlessly.

With iLivestock, you’ll have all your critical data at your fingertips. Say goodbye to paperwork headaches and hello to efficient farm management!

Get in touch

For inquiries and a personalised demo, contact our team at [email protected] or call +44 1383 324 358

Customer review

Beskuitfontein’s journey from desert to bounty using iLivestock

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Shared by Info • February 07, 2024

Meet Stefan and Yolandi Erasmus, the owners of Beskuitfontein Farm, a third generation family farm that lies at the foot of Carlton Heights mountain on the border between the Northern and Eastern Cape Provinces in South Africa.

They commercially farm Merino sheep and Bonsmara cattle in a desert-type climate. By using iLivestock, Yolandi and Stefan can identify the animals that are most resilient and profitable for their farm, and improve their breeding and management practices.

Livestock management

Stefan and Yolandi use animal records to enhance their genetic selection, improve their livestock’s performance, and meet the new requirements for biosecurity and traceability in wool production. Their approach to sheep production is to make every lamb on the farm count, while maintaining biodiversity and improving rangeland conditions.

Farm highlights

📍 Beskuitfontein, Middelburg, 5900, South Africa
🚜 Sheep and cattle farmers on a 7739-hectare farm in the Karoo
🐑 2000-2500 Merino sheep
🐂 100-140 Bonsmara cattle

iLivestock features used on the farm:

  • Breeding records
  • Weighing
  • Medicine recording
  • Performance
  • Compliance
  • Inventory check

Read how iLivestock has transformed their farming business 👨‍🌾📱

Events

iLivestock showcasing livestock management platform at Monitor Farm Scotland event

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Shared by Yoni • January 22, 2024

This week we will be attending a farm event organised by Monitor Farm Scotland. The event will provide opportunities for livestock farmers to explore the latest technology and farm management software for data-driven decision-making and easier cross compliance.

The event will feature a range of speakers who have a wealth of experience of using different technology and software packages, including Matt Blyth, an experienced innovator in the sheep and beef industry specialising in data recording and software. His consultancy company Blyth Livestock Advisory Services (BLAS) helps livestock businesses achieve their goals using EID and software data.

Ross Robertson, Head of Agri-Tech (Mixed) at the Agri-EPI Centre, will share his experience of implementing practical livestock technology on commercial farms. He will also discuss the innovations being trialled on the Agri-EPI farm network and the development of precision technology that will improve the sustainability, welfare, and productivity of livestock systems.

The Monitor Farm Scotland Programme is a joint initiative by Quality Meat Scotland, AHDB, and the Scottish Government that started in 2003. It aims to help farms achieve sustainable production in terms of economy, society, and environment.

Duncan Family Farms, one of our customers, is part of this program as the Stirlingshire Monitor Farm. The Duncan family operates a mixed farm with over 2,000 sheep and nearly 200 calving cows. They are in the process of switching to iLivestock as their new livestock management system for their farms. Our platform enables them to record breeding stock information, record scanning results electronically, and ultimately, choose the best performing animals.

iLivestock CEO Wardman:

“We are excited to attend this event and meet local sheep and cattle farmers who are interested in our technology. We will be presenting our eWeigh and iLivestock Software, two farm tech innovations that can boost a farm’s productivity and profitability.”

Where and when

📆 Tuesday 23 January
🕙 10am-4pm
📍 United Auctions, Stirling, FK9 4RN

Sign up

Make sure you confirm your booking online: https://bit.ly/3ttAV8r or visit https://www.monitorfarms.co.uk/events/

Company news

iLivestock: A year in review

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Shared by Info • December 29, 2023

As 2023 comes to an end, we at iLivestock would like to take a moment to reflect on our journey and achievements in the past year. It has been a busy and exciting year for us, as we have launched new features, expanded our reach, and partnered with various organisations to improve the businesses of livestock farmers around the world.

New features and integrations

One of our main goals is to make iLivestock the most comprehensive and user-friendly app for livestock management. To achieve this, we have introduced several new features and integrations in 2023, such as:

  • Fresh Farmer Scheme: This is a special programme for smallholders and new entrants to the livestock sector, offering them discounted rates, free training, and access to our online community. We want to support the next generation of farmers and help them grow their businesses with iLivestock.
  • New Breeding Screens: We have added new screens for sheep and cattle farmers to help them monitor and improve their breeding performance. These screens allow farmers to view and record key information such as lambing percentage, calving interval, and genetic traits.
  • New EID reader and weigh heads equipment integrations: We have integrated iLivestock with more electronic identification (EID) reader devices and weigh heads. This means that farmers can use iLivestock with a wider range of devices to capture and analyse data from their animals.
  • Inventory checker: This is a new feature that allows farmers to check the inventory of their animals in iLivestock by managing them in groups. This feature helps farmers to keep track of their stock levels, identify missing or stolen animals, and reduce errors and discrepancies.

Global expansion and partnerships

Another goal of ours is to make iLivestock available and accessible to farmers across the globe. In 2023, we have made significant progress in this regard, such as:

  • Exploring farming practices in Argentina: We have embarked on an exciting project to explore the farming practices and challenges of livestock farmers in Argentina, one of the largest beef and sheep producers in the world. We have visited several farms and met with local farmers, researchers, and government officials to learn more about their needs and how iLivestock can help them.
  • Partnering with Edinburgh University: We have established a partnership with the University of Edinburgh, one of the leading institutions for animal science and veterinary medicine in the UK. We provide training and education opportunities for students and staff, to improve data-driven farm animal practices.
  • Joining the celebration of UK Lamb: We have joined forces with the National Sheep Association (NSA) and other organisations to celebrate the quality and diversity of UK lamb. We have participated in various events and campaigns to promote the consumption and appreciation of lamb, such as the Love Lamb Week, and the NSA Sheep Event.

Customer success stories

Of course, none of our achievements would be possible without our loyal and satisfied customers, who are the driving force behind iLivestock. We are always delighted to hear from our customers and share their success stories, such as:

  • Hayden Woolley: Hayden breeds large scale shedding sheep with iLivestock. He has been featured in Farmers Weekly, where he talked about his passion for EasyCare sheep genetics and how iLivestock helps him manage his flock of over 2,000 ewes.
  • Zoe Norton: Zoe is an English sheep farmer who breeds pedigree North Country Cheviots with iLivestock. She has been using iLivestock since 2019 and has seen significant improvements in her flock performance and record keeping.
  • Steve Penberthy: Steve is a sheep farmer from Cornwall who was one of the early adopters of iLivestock. He has been using iLivestock since 2017 and has praised its ease of use, reliability, and customer service. He has also recommended iLivestock to many of his fellow farmers.
  • Damian Barson: Damian is a sheep farmer from England who switched from dog training to sheep farming with iLivestock. He has been using iLivestock since 2020 and has grown his flock from 30 to 300 ewes. He has also improved his lambing rates, reduced his mortality rates, and increased his profits with iLivestock.
  • George Sturla: George farms sheep and cattle in North-Wales with iLivestock. He is a first-generation farmer, and has been using iLivestock since 2021 and has found it invaluable for managing his herd of 150 beef cattle.

Looking ahead

As we look forward to 2024, we have many plans and aspirations for iLivestock. We want to continue to improve our app, expand our market, and partner with more organisations. We also want to engage more with our customers and the wider farming community, and attend more events and shows. Some of the events that we are planning to attend in 2024 are:

  • NSA Scotsheep, 5 June
  • Royal Highland Show, 20-23 June
  • NSA Sheep, 30 July
  • Borderway Agri Expo, 1 November
  • AgriScot, 20 November
  • Welsh Winter Fair, 25-26 November

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at any time. We would love to hear from you.

Happy New Year from the iLivestock team! 🎉

Feature update

iLivestock launches integration with more Tru-Test devices

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Shared by Info • December 06, 2023

We are excited to announce a new feature update for iLivestock users!

Our android and iOS apps now support Tru-Test XRS2i or SRS2i EID readers, allowing you to record and access animal data on the go. This integration enables you to scan RFID tags and ear tags with your Tru-Test device, sync animal information with your iLivestock app, edit and update animal records on your Tru-Test device and transfer them to the iLivestock app, and use the Tru-Test device to sort and draft animals based on your criteria.

To use this feature, you need to have the latest version of the iLivestock app and a compatible Tru-Test device. We are thrilled to offer this new hardware integration, making livestock farming as simple and affordable as possible for everyone.

Hardware support

Have any questions about connecting your Tru-Test devices? These articles in our academy hub might be useful:

  • Here is a guide on how to set up your Tru-Test XRS2i or SRS2i EID reader.
  • Here is a guide on how to pair your Tru-Test XRS2i or SRS2i EID reader with your iLivestock app.

Want to give it a try?

Farmers who want to try out this new feature can contact the iLivestock team for more information.