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New app monitors livestock feeding
The farmGRAZE app will help farmers monitor their livestock's feeding
A new smartphone app helping farmers keep tabs on their livestock's feeding is to be unveiled at the Royal Welsh Show next week.
The farmGRAZE application allows farmers to calculate the grazing available to their livestock in a particular field and across their holding.
As well as offering some top tips to those in the agriculture industry, it can also turn grass measurement data into spreadsheets and graphs.
Officials at Aberystwyth University, who helped develop the institution's first commercially available app, said they hope farmGRAZE will save farmers money on feed and fertiliser.
Dr Rhian Hayward, from commercialisation and consultancy services at the university, said: "This app is the result of an apps challenge we held for staff and students last year to transform research-based ideas into mobile app concepts.
"As a university, we are in a strong position to realise the commercial value in our technologies and expertise.
"Transferring research into commercial products and services is of importance to us and I'm sure we will see many more apps developed in the future."
The app is to be officially launched next Tuesday at the Royal Welsh Show, which is the UK's biggest agricultural festival.
This year's event takes place between July 23 and 26.