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Farm software eases succession

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 24/01/17 18:00

Dannevirke farm manager Daniel Preece is finding farm software helps succession by giving a new person easy access to farm management history.

Daniel took over as farm manager at Pohuetai Station in mid 2016 and says he's made good use of the farm's online records.

“The next person can walk in and it’s there. It has definitely helped with the transition. It’s all made easier because the information is all in one spot.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, fertiliser, soil tests, spring planting, cropping history, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, farm management software, saving time, farm computer, compliance, farm information, farm map, digital farm maps, cloud computing, health and safety, land and environment, environment planning, succession

Building good paddock records

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 27/11/16 17:51

Recording paddock information with farm software is now second nature for David Acland and his team on Mt Somers Station.

It means the information is easy to access when needed for a range of purposes, he says.

Mt Somers employs 11 people working fulltime, including David, and contractors are brought in for applying fertiliser, spraying, making baleage and pasture renovation.


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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, fertiliser, soil tests, spring planting, cropping history, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, farm management software, saving time, farm computer, compliance, farm information, farm map, digital farm maps, cloud computing, Canterbury, health and safety, land and environment, environment planning, Mt Somers

Software helps a busy farmer

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/01/16 15:56

Quick and simple recording for a diverse farming business.

Canterbury farmer Peter Lowe wouldn’t call himself savvy with a computer, but now it’s become a crucial tool for his intensive stock and cropping operation.

Peter and his wife Diane farm a 242ha block on the Canterbury Plains near Ashburton that’s 95% irrigated, as well as some leased land. They run 3500 sheep, beef and deer stock units including a Romney stud, produce cash crops and do some dairy grazing.  They employ casuals for about four months of the year to get through the work.

Peter was keen to get computer software to cover off their farm compliance and assurance. But it’s busy on the farm, and he didn’t want anything that would take too much time or be too complicated to use.

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm computer, farm owners, farm information, cloud computing

6 reasons for farmers to be in the cloud

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 23/09/15 17:05

Cloud-based software is the way to go for farmers these days.

Yes, “cloud” is no longer just the name for a mass of water vapour up in the sky! It is now also used to describe software that’s accessed via the internet – rather than sitting on a desktop computer.

It represents a new phase in information technology that’s been going for about a decade now, and many industries are shifting to cloud-based software.

It offers six big advantages for farmers…

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, farm recording, farm record, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm computer, farm owners, farm information, mapping, farm map, interactive farm maps, planning, cloud computing

Measuring liveweights key to efficient finishing

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/12/14 14:46

Hawke’s Bay farmer Sam Morrah sends stock to the works every month of the year and says measuring liveweights is key to efficient finishing.

He’s set up his finishing system with electronic recording equipment for quick and easy measuring. “It’s an investment in getting information that helps us get animals up to weight as quickly and efficiently as possible,” he says.

“Keeping a close eye on how fast animals are growing means I can match feed supply with demand and book kill space so it’s there when I need it.”

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Topics: farm software, Value of measuring and monitoring your lambs, farm productivity, EID, new farm technology, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, farm recording, Farm analysis tools, Lamb finishing, lift value of lamb crops, sheep, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm information, planning, weaning, ewe performance, feed budgeting, Ohineumeri, genetics, cloud computing, sam morrah, lamb growth rates, liveweight reporting, liveweight gain

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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