A farmer struck by two years of drought says farm management software is helping him make timely decisions and get better results.
Rob Lawson farms with his brother Willie and father Jim on the 2300ha family farm Moana, just north of Dunedin.
While many parts of the East Coast seem to have dodged the predicted El Nino, Rob says it has been “very typical” in their area over the past two years. In fact the rainfall has even been lower this year than the worst drought his father has experienced before now – in 1998 and 1999. “That’s East Coast farming, and that’s what we’ve got to contend with,” Rob says.
Despite the severity of the drought, so far they have not lowered their capital stock numbers at all. Rob puts that down to close monitoring of stock.