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Minister Heather Humphreys Visits McAree Engineering to Review Innovative Farm Safety Technology

Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister from Social Protection, visited McAree Engineering in Ballinode, Co. Monaghan, to review the latest advancements in farm safety technology. The visit highlighted the installation of Lvlogics’ innovative SiloSpi on McAree Engineering’s V-Mac Silos.

Based in Co. Meath, Lvlogics has developed the SiloSpi, a cutting-edge digital silo monitoring system. This system automatically informs farmers and feed mills about the quantity of animal feed remaining in silos, eliminating the need for farmers to climb to the top of silos to check levels—a hazardous practice responsible for numerous accidents over the years. With this real-time data, feed mills can optimize their delivery schedules, reducing travel miles and the associated carbon footprint. Additionally, farmers benefit from the assurance that they will not run out of feed, enhancing animal husbandry practices.

Barry Finnegan, Managing Director of Lvlogics, explained, “We use a patented laser monitoring system that constantly records the feed level within a silo with an accuracy of +/- 5%. This information is sent to a smartphone app, allowing farmers and feed mills to know the silo’s contents at any time, anywhere. We have a significant number of systems  installed across Europe, and our feed mill customers, including Kiernan Milling, Roches Mills, Dairygold Co-op, ForFarmers, NWF and many others, have seen significant cost savings through the improved logistics planning  based on the  information we provide.”

Fergal Sherry, V-Mac Silo Sales Manager, added, “We have been collaborating with Lvlogics for several years, and SiloSpi is the best solution for silo monitoring we’ve encountered. It is a cost-efficient and accurate system for monitoring silo contents. Its self-cleaning mechanism ensures the laser probe remains clean, maintaining accuracy.”

During the visit on Monday afternoon, Minister Humphreys stated, “I’m delighted to see two local Irish businesses come together to introduce technology that not only makes farms and feed mills more sustainable but also significantly enhances farm safety. Farming can be dangerous on many levels, and innovations like this that improve safety are very welcome. Barry and Vincent are to be commended for making this happen.”

Vincent McAree, Operations Director at McAree Engineering, added, “We have been manufacturing our V-Mac Silos for nearly 60 years, and they are a vital part of farm equipment in terms of biosecurity. Now, with the addition of SiloSpi, we are making our V-Mac Silos smart.”

About Lvlogics

Lvlogics is a pioneering company based in Co. Meath, specializing in digital silo monitoring solutions. Their flagship product, SiloSpi, uses advanced laser technology to provide real-time data on silo contents, significantly improving farm safety and operational efficiency.

They have won multiple awards including, among others, the National Dairy Innovation Awards – Tech Award, Best Start-up and Overall Winner 2021 , Enterprise Ireland’s Agri-Technology Award 2022 and most recently, 2024 RDS Spring Awards – Sustainable Rural Start-Up Award Winner.

Please visit their website for more details.