A new free mobile app has been launched for livestock farmers unaware of how many animals should be in each field, that is being used by as far away as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA and India.

The app, called Livestock Count was developed by gloversure, a mobile app and web design/development company based in Welshpool and Chester.

The MD and founder Richard Glover-Davies is a farmer’s son and the idea for the app was born when his father was bringing more ewes and lambs to Richard’s small holding every other day during lambing season.

Richard was having to phone his father to find out how many were meant to be in each field when he was checking them.

“During the first lockdown our app development team had a number of client projects put on hold so instead of furloughing some of the team we decided to build some of our own apps and platforms and launch them under our own brand,” said Richard. “This is the first of five systems we will be launching over the next few months.”

The app allows farmers to input the number of each type of livestock in each of their fields as well as making notes. If a farmer updates the numbers, each of the workers on the same farm will receive the updated numbers; the app also works offline.

If a farmer and his or her family go on holiday they can now easily get a friend/neighbour to check their stock as they can give them access to the app and they can walk around the farm and the livestock numbers and notes are shown on a map along with the location of where the person currently is.

Richard added: “The feedback has been very positive with many saying how user friendly it is. The app is a simple idea but some of the best ideas are simple ones; it’s a handy little tool that will help farmers all over the world.

“Since launching the app we have already released a new version of the app that adds a couple of features that have been requested and also makes it faster to load data as well”.

To install the app go to https://gloversure.co.uk/livestock-count