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Farming through drought easier with software

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 20/05/16 10:00

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.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, farm information, mapping, ewe performance, lambs, Ewe replacements, farm business, trading lambs, drought

Moment of truth for under-performing ewes

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 16/06/15 14:28

Taratahi ewes: selected for bounce-back ability

At Mangarata Farm in Wairarapa they are selecting for ewes that will “bounce back” after lambing and conceive twins each year.

It’s part of fine-tuning a breeding and finishing operation that could quickly bring gains from producing more quality finishing lambs.

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Topics: farm software, farm productivity, new farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, farm recording, farm record, Lamb breeding, farm management software, recording farm information, farm information, EID tags, ewe performance, scanning percentage, Mangarata Farm, Database, Ewe body condition score, Inefficient ewes, Draft list, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Ewe scanning, Ewe replacements

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

Measuring ewes at weaning pays off

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 04/12/14 21:08

Condition scoring merino ewes, Glenaan Station

Weaning is one of the critical times for measuring how ewes are doing.

For one Canterbury farmer that’s a hands-on exercise. Paul Ensor of Glenaan Station in the Rakaia Gorge has introduced regular condition scoring of his Merino ewes – and it’s paying off.

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Topics: FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, Farm analysis tools, reproductive performance, farm management software, merino ewes, condition scoring, scanning, EID tags, weaning, ewe performance, scanning percentage, Paul Ensor, Glenaan Station

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