Pig farmers in north east Scotland are to be given free access to market-leading on-farm production recording and benchmarking software.
The three-year project will support productivity and sustainability in the sector.
The development is funded nationally by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), and in north east Scotland as part of a wider programme for 2020/21 by QMS and Opportunity North East (ONE).
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), which oversees farm assurance schemes for Scottish pigs, has signed a contract with farm management software company AgroSoft Ltd. Under the deal, all Scottish pig farmers will have access to AgroSoft’s specialist management software and the company will provide quarterly industry benchmarking data to QMS and all participating farmers.
Two new iOS and Android-compatible mobile apps will enable pig producers to easily record breeding and feeding herd data in real time, providing a valuable insight into individual sow history, pig movements and everyday tasks across the herd. This will improve the timeliness of decision-making on farms and reduce duplication of effort, as data only has to be entered once.
Pig producers in north east Scotland have already achieved productivity gains through participation in a monitor farm project co-funded by ONE and QMS for the past four years. The Pig Monitor Farm Programme is funded 50:50 by ONE and QMS to help improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of pig producers through practical demonstrations, the application of technology, sharing of best practice and discussion of current issues.
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