The Smart Farmer app has been developed by Scottish Farm Manager Marc Skivington, running a large 1800ac mixed farm enterprise, employing 56 full time staff. He launched the Smart Farmer App in January 2020 and has been shortlisted into two agri-tech finals – British Farming Awards and the Scottish Rural Awards along with recognition from the National Farmers Union.
By law, all agriculture vehicles, trailers and machinery require to be properly maintained and fit for purpose, Marc says. Daily checks must be carried out and a record of these checks should be recorded – traditionally these have been done on paper.
Before developing the Smart Farmer app, Marc had observed that even with a paper system in place, he could not realistically be sure that the machinery he was providing for his operatives was safe and fir for purpose. This put his workers at unnecessary risk and exposed both himself and the farm. Marc knew ultimately, in the eyes of the law, safety responsibility stopped with him, so he began searching for another way to log checks of agriculture machinery.
Failing to find an existing solution to meet his needs and after speaking with a number of safety consultants and the Health and Safety, he embarked on developing Smart Farmer. Marc explained.
“I now know exactly what condition each piece of machinery or vehicle is in, who last used it, when it was checked, no matter where I am on the farm and receive an email notification when a issue has been raised,” Marc says. “I can respond immediately to any issues, print of service reports if required, can maintain photo records, reduce risk of paper trail loss, save time and money by working more efficiently and aids a s a better communication tool with my operatives as the most current live status of each machine is visible to them.”
Marc points out that for example, he receives a notification of a reported issue and along an image of the fault he can then order the correct element for repair or give specific information to a farm mechanic.
“It increases accuracy and avoids wasted time and effort. Amber warning s can be logged and repairs scheduled into the workshop, reducing risk of injury in the field along with reducing downtime and allowing me time to adapt planned tasks. But without doubt, the greatest benefit is that I have peace of mind that all machinery is safe and saved securely, Marc says.
He points out some of the Smart Farmer app benefits:
- Designed by a farmer for farmers
- View the status of each machine briefly
- Easy to use traffic light system
- Add images
- Accurate recording of vehicle machinery checks
- Tailored to suit individual businesses
- Edit and Add machines and checks
- QR Code identification for speedy data recording
- Record machinery usage hours and set service intervals
- Maintenance service notification
- Log History of checks and users
For more information about the Smart Farmer app, feel free to connect with Marc Skivington on [email protected], or on telephone at 01569 750498, 07860928665. or 07872060438.
On the web: www.smart-farmer.co.uk
Source: Smart Farmer press releasa