The largest agricultural show in New Zealand; The New Zealand Agricultural Show, has selected the SuperShow Event Management Platform, to manage its show.

Founded in 1862, The New Zealand Agricultural Show (formerly the Canterbury Agricultural & Pastoral Show) is a three day event and attracts on average 100,000 people, over 7,000 competition entries and over 600 trade exhibitors every year.

The 2022 event took place on 9-11th November, on the outskirts of Christchurch.

Dotser was appointed to migrate the show to the SuperShow system in Spring of this year, and went live in May at www.theshow.co.nz. with very positive feedback reported back so far.

Commenting on the progress of the project to date, Tracy Ahern, General Manager of the New Zealand Agricultural Show explains “when I first recommended to our Board that we would like to engage with an Irish company to build a new website for our 2022 Show with only a four-month delivery time, they were sceptical, to say the least”.

“Nothing was a problem with the Dotser team, and with humour and hard work, the results speak for themselves”.

Tracy added “the feedback is excellent, and we cannot thank Dotser enough for everything. Entries to competitions and membership have increased, and the user experience has greatly improved”.

The SuperShow system brings many benefits to the New Zealand Agricultural Show’s committee such as: one centralised system with live secure data; freed up time of key personnel; improved event and Agricultural Show production at all levels; improved cash flow (through instant payments and reports); increases in entries, vendors and visitors; ability to search, filter and export live Agricultural Show data to 3rd party applications; ability to generate Show catalogue in seconds; and accessibility on all devices – mobile, tablet, PC.

Taking SuperShow Global

The New Zealand Show is the first agricultural show in New Zealand to select SuperShow, as the event management platform continues to gain traction and grow in international markets.

This follows market growth in neighbouring Australia, where SuperShow continues to penetrate the market acquiring multiple new shows in 2022; and market growth in the UK.

Dotser’s ambitious global expansion plans are backed by Enterprise Ireland’s Market Development Fund, which will see representatives from SuperShow undertake a trade mission to Australia and New Zealand in October and November of this year, and undertake further research and networking.

SuperShow’s commitment to the Australian and New Zealand market is also grounded by being the corporate partner of the Agricultural Shows Australia (The ASA).

 

Solvar

Solvar is an award-winning jewellery manufacturer crafting Irish jewellery since 1941. We are a third-generation, family-run, Irish business combining our passion for Ireland with our love of jewellery.  Each piece of Solvar jewellery is individually designed, drawing inspiration from Ireland’s rich heritage and unique icons such as the Claddagh, the Celtic Knot, the Shamrock, the Harp and the Celtic Cross. Our master designers have carefully crafted these icons into timeless pieces of jewellery to continue this rich cultural legacy.

We design and create our Celtic and Irish inspired jewellery with love and care in Dublin and deliver worldwide. All our pieces are Irish hallmarked by the Assay Office at Dublin castle to guarantee we use only the finest materials.  This Christmas giving meaningful gifts is more important than ever, whether you are looking to send an Irish gift to a family member at home or celebrate a special moment with a loved one,  we are here to help you choose the perfect gift to show you care.

We offer free shipping when you spend over €150.00. Final shipping date for Australia is 8 December.

Shop online at www.solvar.com

 

 

Peachylean
Tis soon to be the season of gift giving and receiving, meaning now is the perfect time to start planning what gift to buy the fitness lover in your life, or anyone who loves to get moving doing whatever it is they love. Whether you’ve got a best friend who is a sports fiend, or a partner who loves to hit the pavement while wearing the latest activewear, or a parent who loves playing with their kids, or even if you just want to treat yourself to a healthy lifestyle-focussed gift (we don’t blame you), these are our top picks for the upcoming festive period.

Peachylean High Waisted Full-Length Leggings with Pockets – $105
Peachylean’s full-length leggings are high waisted for extra comfort and made with high compression to ensure you feel snug from waist down to hem. Constructed in bum-sculpting fabric, the high spandex content helps to sculpt and enhance the body whilst providing support. Double lined at the bum and tummy to ensure they are squat proof and engineered to support. These leggings are suitable for all types of workouts and activities and can even be worn as fun and comfortable casual wear. The perfect pants for a night in in front of the fire or walking the dog on a crisp winter evening.

Available in: Aubergine, Rust, Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Cerise Pink, Deep Blue, Magenta, Mint Green, Navy Blue, Leopard, Sage, and Olive.

Peachylean Sports Bra – $55
Made of extremely high-quality material and double lined, so no transparency, the Peachylean Sports Bra have a fun strapped detail on the back and are a medium Support Bra. Ultimate support and comfort while you work out or for those days the depths of winter when you just need a comfy t-shirt day.

Peachylean x Fitbit
An amazing offer just in time for Christmas, in the Peachylean x Fitbit bundle you will get:

Our best-selling black leggings
Fitbit’s amazing Inspire 2 tracker
A super cool Peachylean Giftbox

ALL FOR JUST $240

Shop Online at Peachylean.com

 

Inis the Energy of the Sea

If you are looking to buy for friends or family back in Ireland, North America or the UK. Inis have you covered with the perfect gifts!

Inis is the Irish word for Island, and inspired by the beauty and energy of the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland.

A sparkling, clean unisex fragrance that captures the feeling of perfect sunny day by the sea.

Please check out our website www.inis.com to order from our wonderful fragrance, body care and home range.

Watch out for our launch in Australia in 2023!!!!

Gym Plus Coffee

Valued at over €150/AU$230, this fantastic bundle includes men’s + women’s options with either a hoodie OR bottoms, t-shirt, stainless steel 750ml water bottle, beanie and socks. Available in a range of colours and featuring a selection of different fitness items, the Gym+Coffee Gift Boxes are the ideal present this Christmas.

Ireland’s leading athleisure brand, Gym+Coffee, was created in 2017 and has a dedicated following including investor and international superstar, Niall Horan. The brand’s ambition to Make Life Richer across the UK and Ireland has seen new Clubhouses opening in Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and London within the last year alone, joining 6 existing Irish Clubhouses.

With a focus on sustainable activewear and cosy athleisure pieces, Gym+Coffee’s range of high-quality, premium-feel clothing offers the ultimate selection of gifts for all budgets this festive season. Whether buying for a fitness fanatic or a casual coffee drinker, there is something to suit everyone!

Shop Online at Gym+Coffee Australia | Athleisure Powered by Community (gympluscoffee.com)

 

This month, we chat to Jessica Vatoff, Director of Operations at Rent-a-Recruiter Australia. Rent-a-Recruiter helps business leaders and HR managers succeed by providing experienced in-house talent acquisition teams. Delivered through a dedicated monthly subscription model, Rent-a-Recruiter allows companies to scale quickly by freeing them up to do what they do best.

Congratulations on launching Rent a Recruiter here. How does Rent a Recruiter help Australian businesses?  

We have been making recruitment more affordable for businesses across Australia in all sectors.

We do the hard work when it comes to finding talent, we believe business leaders and HR professionals should be able to focus on strategy and innovation rather than being held back by resource constraints or inefficient internal hiring processes.

Our cost savings vs traditional agencies can also help to free up budgets for business growth initiatives, such as workforce development or retention programs.

What are the greatest challenges and the greatest joys of working in a global, virtual team? How do you stay motivated?

Working from home is by far the greatest joy and the greatest challenge. We work hard to keep teams engaged without bombarding them with meetings. Having regular catch-ups, and generally having an open-door policy has helped keep us all connected in a virtual environment.

Staying motivated is easy when you are helping so many people. We work on a one-on-one basis with our clients and candidates. It’s important for us to build strong relationships within our teams, having a true understanding of our client’s needs is what makes our candidate placements so successful.

You’ve worked in the HR and recruitment space for over a decade, how has the industry changed in that time? Has anything surprised you?

The biggest change has been throughout the global pandemic, the whole landscape changed when it came to HR and recruitment. I think there is a greater focus on both parts of the business now, the world is shifting to a more people-focused mindset, and it is not just about building the business, but building up your people.

More recently, Australian businesses across a number of sectors have faced acute skills shortages. How can organisations build their employer brand to better attract and retain staff?

There are so many ways to build your employer brand, but it all comes down to what is important to your business and your values. Companies should think about how they can make their culture one that would attract the talent that they need. There are many ways to engage different audiences. There is no one answer for every business.

Looking forward to 2023, what are your plans for Rent a Recruiter in Australia?

Next year we will be continuing to make recruitment more affordable for businesses across the globe. We will be launching some new and exciting services to further help our clients and candidates, and of course, building and expanding our teams so that we can help businesses to build theirs.

Final question! You’ve held a number of leadership positions in your career; what one piece of advice would you have for future female leaders?

Women have very strong intuition and I believe this is something that we should never ignore

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Herdwatch, the market-leading farm management software company, used in more than 18,000 farms in the UK & Ireland, is launching its award-winning Flockwatch service in New Zealand and Australia at this year’s Fieldays. Flockwatch helps sheep farmers manage their flock in a simple, easy to use app, reducing paperwork and allowing them to make better decisions.

The ‘Flockwatch by Herdwatch’ app was launched in the UK and Ireland earlier this year and has already proved hugely popular with over 3,000 flocks already on the platform. Flockwatch also boasts high-profile users with YouTube sheep farming superstars Sandi Brock in Canada and The Sheep Game (Cammy Wilson) in Scotland, who have one million followers between them, using it to manage their flocks.

Cammy says “The Flockwatch app is essentially an all-in-one app that I can input movements, individual sheep references & notes, I can register lambs against any particular sheep, all our medicines, everything you can think of doing recording next to your sheep, you can do it on Flockwatch.”

Herdwatch was co-founded out of a farmer-owned co-operative in Ireland 9 years ago and has made its name by delivering a simple, easy to use and reliable app which saves farmers an average of 3 hours a week on paperwork, according to a recent member survey by the company which received over 1,600 responses.

The new Flockwatch service will enable sheep farmers to:

  • Manage their flock individually or in groups
  • Capture medicine records for farm assurance
  • Record lambing and track ewe performance
  • Weight recording to track average daily gains
  • Connect an EID Reader to scan ear tags and view an animal’s history or add records easily
  • Map their farm to keep paddock records for nitrogen use

CEO & Co-founder Fabien Peyaud noted: “We are absolutely delighted to launch Flockwatch in New Zealand to help sheep farmers here make better and faster on-farm decisions. Flockwatch is as much about monitoring flock performance as it is about compliance and helps sheep farmers manage their flock, individually or in mobs, in a simple and easy to use app.

“Our company mission is simple, we are laser-focused on the digitalisation of farming for the benefit of farmers worldwide make their businesses more sustainable and profitable. Up to this point anyone who wanted to manage their flock has had very little to choose from, with most relying on pen and paper.”

“With Flockwatch, sheep farmers now have an app at their fingertips which will allow rapid capture of lambing, breeding, weighing, medicines records and more. If you think you’re not tech savvy, we are also happy for New Zealand farmers to take a look for themselves to see how easy our app is to use and we’re giving all Kiwi sheep farmers this year a 90-day free trial with no commitments so they can see how easy it can be for themselves.” Mr. Peyaud concluded.

Niall Casey, Market Advisor, Agribusiness, Life Sciences and Equine at Enterprise Ireland Australia and New Zealand added “We are delighted to welcome Flockwatch to the New Zealand market. We have seen what a runaway success it has been in Ireland and the UK and the incredible benefits it brings to sheep farmers tracking ewe and lamb performance. For farmers still recording their flock details manually, this app is crucial in helping them save time and make better decisions.

The Herdwatch + Flockwatch app can be downloaded at www.herdwatch.com/download.

We’re thrilled to be introducing its new series featuring the innovative Irish companies that have brought their business to Canadian shores. In this month’s edition, we’re highlighting Superfy. Peter Uppal, Vice President Sales and Business Development North America, tells us more about the company’s innovations and what makes Canada an attractive place for expansion.

 

Q: Tell us about your organization and how you’re bringing it to Canada.

Superfy is an industry leader in providing cities with a full suite of smart waste hardware and software solutions to manage their entire waste network from bin to truck to depot. Our solutions are easy to deploy, cost-effective, and scalable, helping cities meet CO2 emission reduction targets. We are very excited to be working with key partners such as Telus to launch our solution across Canada.

 

Q: Why was Canada an ideal place for expansion for your business?

Canada is a driver globally when it comes to adapting IoT and smart city applications such as ours. The Canadian government does a great job at supporting cities to drive climate change and potentially fund climate technologies.

 

Q: Since launching in the Canadian market – what have you found most surprising about doing business here versus other markets?

In our experience, the Canadian market is far more progressive when looking at climate technologies vs. other markets.

 

Q: What are your growth plans for Canada in the next 2-5 years?

We plan to partner with key organizations across Canada to deliver smart city applications with the initial focus on Smart Waste tech. We’re working with key channel partners to scale our products to both the public and private sector.

 

Q: What advice would you impart on other businesses looking to come to Canada too?

We’ve found that Canada is a great marketplace for IoT technology as there is a strong focus nationally to utilize technology to drive efficiencies.

 

Co. Meath-headquartered Turmec, international provider of innovative waste processing and recycling solutions, recently secured a $44 million contract with Rino Recycling to design, build and install the world’s largest state-of-the-art construction waste processing solution at its Pinkenba facility near Brisbane, Queensland.

Rino Recycling services the waste materials and resource handling market in Brisbane and operates two commercial waste recycling transfer stations at Pinkenba and a river sand quarry at Waterford. The company’s goal is to develop a state-of-the-art recycling and resource recovery processing plant to service the city.

The proposed project will be one of the largest construction and demolition (C&D) waste recovery sites in Australia, with a processing capacity of 475 tonnes per hour, and is designed to achieve market-leading landfill diversion and recovery rates of up to 99%. This is in response to Australian government environmental regulations to support increased recovery rates and diversion from landfill, including a new landfill levy in Queensland which is planned to increase annually. Rino plans to recycle the recovered C&D materials into a range of high-quality sand, fill, road bases and aggregate materials and supply them back into new construction projects. Turmec will work with its project partner, Northern Ireland group CDE, which will be providing the materials wet processing elements of the project.

This project forms part of a multi-million-dollar capital investment programme by Rino Recycling to meet growing demand for materials recovery and recycling in Southeast Queensland. There will also be an increased and sustained recycling demand for waste construction materials driven by significant growth in construction activities including major transport, port and waterfront development and leisure facilities around Brisbane as part of a 25-year development plan for the region. This need will grow even further to support construction and infrastructure projects in preparation for the Olympic Games, which will be hosted by Brisbane in 2032.

Working with its Australian sales partners, the Environmental Group Limited (EGL), which promotes Turmec products and services and supports the delivery of its turnkey solutions including aftersales services, this project follows Turmec’s successful delivery of a major waste construction materials processing facility for Bingo Industries at Eastern Creek just outside Sydney in 2021.

Turmec CEO Geoff Bailey said the company was delighted to support Rino Recycling to deliver on its vision to revolutionise construction and demolition waste handling and processing, and to become the leading producer of recycled construction materials in Queensland.

“Our goal for the Pinkenba project is to match Rino’s ambition with a world-class, turn-key construction waste recycling facility that not alone provides market-leading landfill diversion rates, but also produces high quality recycled construction materials that will go back into an extraordinary pipeline of construction projects around Brisbane that are already underway, and planned over the next 10 years,” he added.

Established in 1972, Turmec has 50 years of experience in the engineering and recycling industries and provides materials handling and recovery solutions to the waste processing sector. It serves some of the largest waste management companies globally including Biffa, Suez and Powerday in the UK, Thorntons Recycling in Ireland and Rino Recycling and Bingo Industries in Australia. The company employs 90 people and operates from a 66,000 square foot manufacturing facility at Rathcairn within the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht area of County Meath.

We recently interviewed Ariel Timothy, Chief Strategy Officer for Aryza. Aryza is a pioneering technology company that work with our customers and partners to create and deliver solutions that improve the financial health and achieve their financial goals.

Ariel discusses the massive opportunity  for the company in Australia which was highlighted during COVID.  He notes what is absent within the market and how Aryza can help with communication between businesses and consumers..

To watch the full video please see below:




Enterprise Ireland were delighted to support the largest contingent of Irish Fintechs to have ever attended Intersekt in September. Intersekt is the premier Fintech event in Oceania and attracts over 1,000 participants from the Financial Services and Fintech sectors to the event which is held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. In total six Irish companies participated, five of whom shared their world class insights and experiences in panel or fireside discussions:

Swoop CEO Andrea Reynolds, who flew in from the United Kingdom, opened the event with a fireside discussion with one of Australia’s most influential and respected Fintech advisors in Dr Dimitrios Salampasis. Andrea shared great insights around the current funding landscape and advice for SMEs and founders on accessing funding on a global perspective.

Transfermate, who provide B2B Global payments infrastructure for Banks, Fintech and Software providers and were recently crowned as Ireland’s newest Fintech unicorn participated in a panel which focused on global first approach to building a Fintech. Led by their APAC Director Vijay Rao the panel delved into considerations for new market entry including building culture, brand, and relationships and which also analysed the need for significant focus on market research, competitive analysis, and localisation of pricing strategy.

Wayflyer led by Stephen Duke, Head of Marketing and Growth for the firm who has grown the Australian business from one employee to over thirty in two years provided rich insights around the considerations from a lending technology and culture perspective in a panel of SME companies which included large Australian SME Challenger Bank Judo. The most compelling insight from Wayflyer was simple – ‘stick to your brew’ which referenced Amazon Jeff Bezos reference to a strategic focus on excellence in a primary function for the business before expanding to different products or markets

Fenergo, who have a well-established Australian presence, currently employing over 130 people across their Melbourne and Sydney offices joined Deborah Young from Regtech Association in a discussion around Regtech. Led by their ANZ Sales Director, Eoin Keating the discussion delved into the shifting landscape of the Regtech industry. The panel explored the need to personalise solutions and drive more effective customer experience outcomes for users in order maximise returns for clients, whilst for Regtech companies their ability to differentiate is based on an ability to also provide trusted advice and support.

One of the newest Fintechs into the Australian market is credit and debt solutions management company Aryza, who were led by their Chief Strategy Officer Ariel Timothy in a panel discussion on Embedded Finance. Aryza’s ‘end to end’ solution has a particular strength in the collections journey and Ariel provided insights around the changing landscape, and recognition of the important role that technology companies can play in supporting clients from a financial education and inclusion perspective.

Outside of Intersekt, the teams also participated in many other events, aimed at supporting with potential buyer engagement. Enterprise Ireland facilitated multiple show-case style events with leading organisations Grant Thornton, Pitcher Partners in the Accounting Advisory space, Australia’s largest Broker Aggregator Loan Market, and the largest Australian Bank for SMEs in National Australia Bank. During these events, clients pitched directly to key decision makers in a ‘shark tank’ style format. Positively there were several potential partnership opportunities identified, and future collaboration between Enterprise Ireland and each of the organisations is also highly likely.

To close the week, client companies also participated in an informative event with Invest Victoria at their offices in Melbourne, where Enterprise Ireland’s newly appointed Advisory panel member Brad Gofman led a panel discussion which included Victorian Government’s John Bailey, and Antony Burrows who leads NAB’s Innovation division to discuss the Victorian Fintech ecosystem, investment, partnering and talent amongst many other key themes.

Overall, the week provided a great opportunity for our clients to collaborate across the Australian ecosystem, connect with potential buyers and partners, and highlight Irish Fintech capability.  Irish Fintech continues to go from strength to strength in the Australian market with strong year on year growth and employment hitting unprecedented levels. Enterprise Ireland support for participation at events like Intersekt is another great example of how the team are working with clients to drive brand awareness and commercial opportunity. We look forward to participating at next year’s event with the intention to have even stronger levels of participation!

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to see a number of Irish companies physically visiting our local market during the month of September. One such company was Origina, who presented, in person, to our Sydney and Melbourne advisory panels. Origina is a third party software maintenance services provider specializing in IBM software. With customers like NAB, CBA and BHP already in Australia, they used this visit to increase awareness of their offering locally while getting some valuable insights from our panel members. While here Origina also had a great few days at the Gartner Symposium on the Gold Coast where CEO, Tomás O’Leary, spoke to a packed room of interested local stakeholders.

Enterprise Ireland, in conjunction with the Embassy of Ireland, also hosted a lunch in the Ambassador’s residence for Origina where Tomás and team had the opportunity to interact with CIO’s and senior stakeholders from numerous Federal Government agencies. Overall a great trip and an excellent sign of normal business being resumed with Irish CEO’s spending much more time in this market.

 

 

One of the newly crowned Irish unicorns (start-ups with a >$1bn valuation) in the Fintech space – Transfermate – added Bank Australia to their local customer list. After looking far and wide for a payments platform to seamlessly integrate with their SAP Concur Accounts Payable system, Bank Australia chose Transfermate’s world leading global payments infrastructure as-a-service.

Transfermate has been working with Australian SME’s & banks since 2017 to better enable international B2B payments and receivables transactions. A wonderful example of Irish innovation quietly solving some of business’ major pain points globally.

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Ireland has a long and proud history in the agricultural sector. It’s why farmers the world over are increasingly turning to Irish agritech innovators for solutions.

These include future-farming pioneers such as MagrowTec, which is helping farmers tackle rising chemical costs – and limited chemical availability – head on, ensuring growers don’t have to compromise on spray quality and risk crop loss.

MagrowTec is a spraying technology that helps farmers grow more by using less. The system gives better coverage than conventional crop spraying systems and also reduces spray drift by up to 70%

Its magnetic assist technology can be added to any sprayer and allows growers to reduce chemicals by up to 25 per cent, with the confidence of superior coverage. It can help reduce costs such as water rates, labour, energy and chemical inputs, while at the same time, boost productivity, with increased spray windows, spray hours, disease control and yields.

It’s also better for the environment, reducing the risk of environmental contamination, and allowing for improved water management.

Farmeye is an online, map-based system for soil nutrient management, helping to improve the lives of farmers and the environment. The app-based tool verifies and measures soil health and carbon sequestration on farms. Its technologies allow farmers to measure, monitor and demonstrate the sustainability metrics of their farms.

It has been selected as the technology consortium partner for Ireland’s National Soils Programme. Its farm mapping, GPS tracking and data management allows the programme to develop insights for both farmers and the overall agri-food sector. It is the first of a new wave of evidence-based programmes that leverage big-data from farmers to benefit farmers, industry and the environment.

The FarmEye NMP Portal is a web-based system for the development of management and compliance-based soil nutrient management plans. It is secure, easy to use and removes most of the paper-based and manual steps from the traditional process. This in turn saves time and money for the farmer and the agri-professional concerned with soil and water quality.

its sampling authentication systems uses barcoding technology to provide a digital chain of custody for farm level data.

All workers know you need the right tool for the job, and on farms that means the right equipment. Abbey Machinery has developed a range of slurry and manure handling, grassland management and animal feeding equipment, all vigorously field tested on its 30 acre site in Tipperary.

Its diet feeders have been proven to cut feeding time in half for some farmers. Moreover, because of the easy calibration of the system, users report that cows are in better condition, come into heat quicker and show reduced incidence of lameness. It also eliminates feed waste, vital at a time of increasing feed costs.

Cavan based Mastek is a leading provider of high quality slurry solutions, grassland subsoilers, mulching equipment and balers, with sales around the globe.

Its tests indicate that its patented universal dribble bar, which can be retrofitted onto any slurry tanker without welding or fabricating, can provide savings of up to 80 per cent on fertiliser costs.

The Mastek SmartSpread app then allows the operator to enter a desired application rate per acre or hectare, with the app then telling the operator how fast to drive in order to achieve that application rate.

Farmers know that livestock comfort translates into cash, a fact that has delivered significant growth for Easyfix over the past quarter century. The award winning agtech exports cow house products to over 60 markets worldwide, with branches in Germany, the UK and USA.

As farmers around the world face increased directives and regulations regarding the need to improve their environmental practices and the sustainability of their operations, Easyfix supports them by providing products that can help them meet these directives and regulations more easily.

But it also excels on the machinery front. Easyfix’s next generation slurry management system injects compressed air into the slurry at specific points via non-return valves. The oxygen that flows through the valve creates a bubble and as it rises through the slurry it helps to break it down and ensure that it remains in a liquid state.

The primary benefit of Easyfix Slurry Technology is that it is proven to reduce ammonia emissions by 51 per cent.

Conversely, it assists greatly in the increased production of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the slurry. The liquid state which the slurry finds itself in eliminates the need for agitation which, crucially, makes for safer environments for both animals and farmers alike.

With increasing regulations on farming practices such as nutrient management, farmers need to maximise the efficiency of their manure and rely less on the use of artificial fertilisers.

Easyfix Slurry Technology benefits farmers in their quest for lower emissions, reduced carbon footprint and increased slurry nutrients, while savings on artificial fertilisers will help improve overall farm-profit.

Globally the agriculture industry is under increasing pressure to produce more food and reduce environmental impact, without the solutions needed to support that change. Irish agritech is filling the gap by providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of farming.

Award winning agri-innovator SAMCO is the developer of the SAMCO 3 in 1, a machine that sows seed, sprays the soil with pre-emergence herbicide, and lays a thin layer of degradable film over the seed bed.

The operation protects the young plants from late frost, increases the soil temperature and thereby maximises crop yield and quality per hectare. The family run business, which was established in 1997 today exports to 25 countries.

Many crops are now grown using the SAMCO System, including maize, sunflowers, sorghum, soya, beet, rice and many types of vegetables. The company designs and manufactures the degradable mulch film for its machines and actively conducts trials each year, adding to the body of scientific knowledge about the ways in which its films can support farmers to achieve higher yields.

The film it uses is fully degradable. A revolutionary process turns ordinary plastic at the end of its useful life, in the presence of oxygen, into a material with a different molecular structure. At the end of the process, it is no longer a plastic and instead has changed to a material which is biodegradable (by bacteria and fungi) in the open air.

Groundbreaking ApisProtect brings cutting edge technology to the age old practice of beekeeping. Its technology is designed to help commercial beekeepers keep their bees healthy and productive.

Using a combination of IoT and AI technologies, it remotely extracts and interprets data from hives, which it converts into meaningful insights about operations. That enables beekeepers to optimise labour and resources to maximum effect, creating an extra $100 of value per hive annually.

ApisProtect’s technology is positioned as the most accurate, reliable, and beekeeper-friendly in the market, bringing honey bee-saving technology to every corner of the globe at a time when the global bee population, which is vital for the environment, human health, and global food security, is declining and under continued threats.  These include climate change, biocide use, pathogens and suboptimal management practices.

The company, which was founded in 2017, has built an innovative system involving sensors, global communications, and artificial intelligence to proactively improve beekeeping outcomes while increasing productivity and reducing beekeeping costs. It also means beekeepers don’t have to disturb their hives to understand them on a deeper level.

Insects are also on the menu at innovator Hexafly, Ireland’s pioneering vertical insect farm which is set to radically disrupt the protein sector.

Its vision is to bring the insect farming revolution to the world in order to help end the overexploitation of land and ocean.

Thanks to revolutionary breeding and bio-conversion technologies, it maximises the extraction of high-value protein and oil products from insect farming for use in the aquaculture, animal feed and plant nutrition industries.

Its process produces no waste, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, optimises land usage, utilises industrial and agricultural waste streams and improves animal nutrition and health.

Its primary market is the aquaculture sector, where insect protein can be used to replace fish meal and as an alternative source to soya. The use of insect protein for swine and poultry could also be on the cards.

The company has a range of innovations, including Hexafrass, an organic insect-derived fertiliser, containing chitin, which offers a sustainable alternative to commercial fertilisers.

Chitin is commonly found in the outer coverings of insects and shellfish and the cell walls of fungi and algae. When plants are in the presence of chitin, it increases the bio-active health and performance of plants by stimulating and balancing micro-organisms in the soil. It also activates immune responses and elevates natural defence against attack from insects and diseases.

Hexafrass product is a nourishing, highly effective, natural and certified-organic fertilizer produced by the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF). It’s a slow-release fertiliser that boasts a high organic matter content and bio-available nitrogen.

Completely free from artificial chemicals, HexaFrass is simply dried and milled before being ready to use. It promotes strong plant growth and can trigger a plant’s natural defence mechanisms to deter unwanted pests.