High-tech farming in the digital age was up for discussion this morning at the Ulster Bank Business Roadshow in Kilkenny, in conjunction with the Irish Independent. Over 50 people from across the South East attended the networking event to hear about Precision Farming, new ways to access land and the role of technology in agri businesses. An expert panel of speakers attended, including Kevin Nolan, Nolan Farming; Pat Ryan, Senior Farm Development Manager, Glanbia; Dr. Frank O’Mara, Director of Research, Teagasc; Fergal O’Brien, Director of Policy, IBEC; Maura O’Keeffe, Senior Manager, Ulster Bank; and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor, Independent News and Media.
New innovations such as GPS self-steer tractors; automated machinery; performance monitors and yield maps were just some of the topics covered by the panel. Kevin Nolan, Nolan Farming, gave first-hand insights into how these advances can benefit agri businesses in Ireland. The event is part of a series of Ulster Bank Business Roadshows, which aim to provide help for what matters to businesses and farmers planning for 2016 and beyond.
Speaking at the event, Kevin Nolan, Nolan Farming, said:
“As part of my travels as a Nuffield Scholar, I have learned about some of the best practices from farms around the world and am putting them into action here at home. Cutting edge technology such as self-steer tractors and combine harvesters have changed the way I farm and have given me a more flexible way of working, with greater productivity and efficiencies. As part of a tight-knit farming community in Ireland, It’s important for me to share these experiences in order to help and encourage other farmers, and events like the Ulster Bank Business Roadshow series allow me to do just that.”
Maura O’Keeffe, Senior Manager, Ulster Bank said:
“From talking to our customers, we know that farmers have specific needs, particularly when it comes to digital innovation. Hearing first-hand experience from one of the most innovative and dynamic farmers in the country is just one of the ways Ulster Bank is providing meaningful help. We are delighted to have the opportunity to talk to local farmers and agri food businesses about their banking needs and how we can help them fulfil their ambitions.