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Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 25/07/17 12:48

Using farm management software is ideal for a farming business that aims to get the best out of its land, says Hawkes Bay dairy farmer Lewis Knauf.

Wairua Dairies, 40km from Hastings, milk 1600 cows and raise their own replacements as well as running a significant cropping programme. Lewis is the operations manager for the farm, which employs 12 staff. It was originally purchased by his parents Ivan and Sue in 2001 and is owned by a family company.

It’s a big and busy farming operation. “If you look at the farm calendar, there’s not many days where there’s nothing happening.” This includes irrigating more than half of the 645ha-effective area and about 160ha of cropping a year, mainly maize and fodder beet, along with lucerne, rape and winter oats.

GOOD PADDOCK RECORDING

Lewis chose software that he could use to set up better paddock recording. 

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, paddock performance, fertiliser, soil tests, cropping history, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, farm management software, saving time, farm computer, paddock history, compliance, farm information, farm map, interactive farm maps, digital farm maps, feed budgeting, pasture covers, health and safety, land and environment, grazing, young stock, replacements

Farm map on phone is "outstanding" says beef farmer

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 22/06/17 17:30

A top priority for Scott Blair when he took on a new farm management position two years ago was getting good farm software.

In fact, he was so keen that he initially paid for the subscription himself.

Scott manages 1500ha Pukekaroro Station in the far North, running about 2700 cattle – a mix of bull beef, dairy heifers for live export and carryover dairy cows. He works with three other fulltime staff.

The software he has chosen gives him “an electronic filing cabinet” for all the farm information.

“I got the best software I could find that could do everything we would want. We’re getting it set up to record everything. What we don’t want is a heap of different places to put information. This is our go-to place for recording and reporting.”

One particularly valuable feature is being able to use a farm map on a phone. It is "revolutionising" their farm management he says.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, fertiliser, farm recording, paddocks, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, farm management software, farm information, phone app, sustainable farming, farm compliance, health and safety, communication, land and environment, environment planning, hazard register, inventory, subdivision, Northland, Maori, Scott Blair, farming

Farm recording helps build asset for future

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 27/04/17 17:00

The Douglas-Clifford family believe in building their farm asset over time – and that now includes using farm software to build an online farm record.

The family, who were recently named winners of the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Award, run 22,000 stock units of sheep, beef and deer on 3000ha Stonyhurst on the coast south of Cheviot. 

Charles Douglas-Clifford returned home with his wife Erin five years ago and has overseen the day-to-day farm management of Stonyhurst since then. He is the sixth generation on the property. The family chose a good spot – the long, narrow farm has rolling hills going down to coastal cliffs and they look out across Pegasus Bay.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, fertiliser, farm recording, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, farm management software, farm information, phone app, sustainable farming, farm compliance, Canterbury, health and safety, communication, land and environment, environment planning, Douglas-Clifford, hazard register, inventory

Farming for the future

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 17/10/16 10:14

Wairarapa farmers Jan and Andy Tatham decided to start using farm software to set their farm business up for the future.

“We wrote a whole list down of what we wanted,” Jan explains. After a good look at what is available, they selected a software pack that has a range of features and is easy to use.

“There were a couple of things we wanted that it can’t do – but they are working on it all the time. And it does a lot. There is not really any other software that compares.”

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm technology, paddock performance, farm recording, paddocks, cropping, farm record, animal health, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, farm information, farm map, feed budgeting, liveweights, land and environment, environment, environment planning, mobile app, succession, health treatments

Farm software means no surprises

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 01/08/16 19:04

Using farm management software to track stock and paddocks means “no surprises”, says a Wairarapa farm manager who is part of a corporate farming operation.

Ian Evans runs 4200 stock units on the 518ha hill country property Mangarata for the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. Mangarata has been using the farm software for two years, and it’s helping Ian keep his finger on the pulse.

“The information is right in front of you as a manager. I’m setting weight targets for mobs of R1 cattle or the ewe hoggets and 2-tooths. For example, if I want animals up to a certain weight in May, I can set targets for January and every month in between. Then I can compare what’s happening each month. There are no surprises.”

Now the other three farms run by Taratahi are also starting to use the software.

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, animal health, Lamb finishing, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, farm information, lambs, liveweights, lamb growth rates, liveweight reporting, liveweight gain, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, lamb weights, hoggets, hazards, health and safety software, health and safety, land and environment, environment, corporate farming, organisational reporting, environment planning

Mythbusting on the farm

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 13/07/16 14:15

Rakaia Gorge farmer Paul Ensor is using farm software to help him bust myths on his farm.

Glenaan runs 5650 stock units of sheep – including nearly 3000 ultra-fine Merino ewes as well as cattle – on 1035ha of high-country land in the Rakaia Gorge.

They have used farm management software over the past few years to benchmark livestock performance and understand opportunities, and also to do some “mythbusting” around the value of inputs. 

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, cropping, farm record, animal health, Lamb finishing, lift value of lamb crops, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, farm information, lambs, liveweights, lamb growth rates, liveweight reporting, liveweight gain, two-tooths, lamb weights, trading lambs, feed, salt, wether finishing, lucerne, vitamin B12 for lambs

Easier farm bookwork

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/06/16 19:40

Southland farmer Megan Vande Sandt went looking for a new way of recording farm information and has found software that fits.

Megan and her husband Justin run a 240ha drystock and grazing operation on the outskirts of Mossburn in northern Southland, which includes grazing dairy heifers for 21 months as well as leasing out Jersey sires.

Like many farming partnerships they divvy up the duties, with Justin focusing more on running the day-to-day farming and Megan running the bookwork side of things, as well as doing seasonal work off the farm organising calf contracts. She makes sure the right information is being recorded for any farm activity or event.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, new farm technology, farm technology, paddock performance, farm recording, paddocks, cropping history, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, paddock history, farm information, phone app, liveweights, farm business, mobile phone, grazing

Farmer reduces days to lamb sale

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 14/03/16 16:25

Fewer days; more dollars.

A Fiordland farm manager says farmers need to make sure they understand the opportunity in their business.

Greg Crombie of Duncraigen Farm says farm management software gives farmers the power of numbers that can help them see where to put their effort to improve farm production and profit. “Over the next 10 to 20 years the real gains for farming are going to come out of technology.”

On Duncraigen, software is showing how they can get lambs off more than two weeks earlier, as well as making the admin side much easier.

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, animal health, Lamb finishing, lift value of lamb crops, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm computer, compliance, farm information, lambs, lamb growth rates, lamb weights, trading lambs

Farmer puts away spreadsheets

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 14/10/15 17:37


Canterbury farm manager Hamish Chamberlain has put aside his spreadsheets this season. Instead, he is using online farm management software to help him manage finishing around 12,000 stock units.

He’s also using the software to produce the new kind of maps required for Farm Environment planning.

“I was looking for a system to simplify things,” says Hamish, who runs a 520ha property near Cheviot with one shepherd.

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Topics: Value of measuring and monitoring your lambs, fertiliser, farm recording, animal health, Lamb finishing, lift value of lamb crops, farm management software, paddock history, mapping, farm map, lambs, pasture covers, lamb growth rates, sustainable farming, Canterbury, spreadsheets, trading lambs, sales, purchases, chemical, meat company

Software helps steer the farm business

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 22/07/15 12:11

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operation of a farm – there’s always plenty going on. But there’s a need to keep a hand on the steering wheel and make plans.

This is particularly the case when you want to develop or increase the size of your farm business, says Otago farmer Jeff Cleveland. “We sit down and think about what we want to do. We set goals and then make a plan for how we want to go about achieving them.”   

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Topics: Otago farming, animal health, farm management software, farm information, weaning, feed budgeting, genetics, lamb growth rates, Ewe replacements, farm planning, stock rotations, Cleveland, farm staff, farm governance, Otago, farm business, two-tooths, target weight, facts, BeefEQ, lamb weights, hoggets, twins, top performers, farm with facts

Animal health report spurs farm actions

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 06/10/14 13:36

 

The management team at Whangara Farms knew there was some liver fluke in their stock, but new online trend reporting has given them a more accurate picture.

Liver fluke is a “regional problem", says Richard Scholefield, general manager of the large Maori-owned East Coast property.

He and the managers of the five Whangara blocks have been thinking more about it recently, after seeing new online trend reporting on Whangara stock sent for slaughter. This showed up quite a high level of liver fluke in their cattle, compared to a national benchmark.

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, farm recording, farm record, liver fluke, animal diseases, Whangara, animal health, Maori-owned property, carcass value, Beef, farm management software, farm information, EID tags, carcass, growth rates, track, cloud computing

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