Delegates at Venturefest South West joining the Agri-Tech sessions will hear about new opportunities from technology, data, resource management and novel crops to animal and plant health.
Giving the benefit of his experience in designing, building and commercially selling wireless sensing systems for the dairy industry is prominent figure in the UK agricultural engineering sector, Toby Mottram, founder of eCow and Douglas Bomford Trust Professor of Farm Mechanisation at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.
We asked him a few questions:
• What does your work involve?
Designing and building wireless sensing systems to improve dairy cow health and longevity
• What problem does your innovation solve?
It enables farmers to manage cow fertility and nutrition better
• How did you obtain investors for your own venture?
Through my own family and friend network and SWIG loans, I4G and InnovateUK grant aid
• What would say are the three key elements for starting and running a successful technology business?
Vision, persistence, recruiting good people