Sprout Entrepreneur Spotlight - Shepherd

An app called Shepherd that allows farmers to monitor on-site health and safety has been named one of eight start-ups selected to take part in the inaugural Sprout agritech business accelerator programme.

Ashburton man Steven Bird developed the app in response to growing concerns around the lack of health and safety measures undertaken on farms that lead to about 20 deaths in the industry every year.

Sprout Programme Manager James Bell-Booth says the selection committee was impressed by Bird’s commitment to improving workers’ safety.

“From a productivity perspective, unsafe working conditions can lead to higher ACC claims and levees for businesses, and absent staff usually means reduced production, extra labour costs and strain on other staff. This isn’t just a problem in New Zealand, so this app has the potential for great international success,” says Bell-Booth.

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