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Keep the farm information with your farm

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 18/05/18 16:08

On 1 June, many dairy farm owners will see valuable farm information walk off their farm when staff leave, but one South Waikato farming couple is showing how software can change this.

As sharemilkers, Sarah Flavall and her husband Doug Nicholson are using farm software to help run her family farm, and at the same time they are helping build up a historical record.

This includes capturing the information that was in people’s heads and could easily have been lost.

It’s a good solution for the problem of how to get new staff up to speed quickly too.

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

FarmIQ is “massive” help for a sustainable farming business

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 06/04/18 15:17

Using the FarmIQ software is a “massive” help for a business that is converting several Southland dairy farms to organic.

Shaun Neeley is GM of Aquila Sustainable Farming − established in June 2017 to take six farms to organic certification.

Using FarmIQ is saving Aquila time as well as improving the accuracy of information, says Shaun. The software gives them easy recording, good control and effective reporting.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, soil tests, paddocks, farm assurance, farm record, farm management software, saving time, paddock history, compliance, farm information, farm map, phone app, sustainable farming, land and environment, environment, corporate farming, inventory, app, stock rec, pasture, stock manager, history, stock, weekly reporting, milk production, pasture cover, Aquila, milk, monthly reporting, management dashboard, stock transfers

Good farm records help manage disease

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 10/03/18 18:37

Good farm records have helped to relieve some of the impact for a South Island farming business managing its way through a Mycoplasma Bovis infection.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) placed a Restricted Place Notice on two properties owned by Lone Star Farms in mid January because they had infected calves.

“We brought in about 400 calves for rearing and 200 of them came from a Southland property that was later found to have M. Bovis,” explains Lone Star General Manager Boyd Macdonald. 

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, paddocks, farm assurance, farm record, animal diseases, animal health, farm management software, paddock history, compliance, farm information, farm map, phone app, stock tallies, NAIT, chemical, land and environment, environment planning, grazing, inventory, app, stock rec, stock manager, history, stock, rotation, Support, biosecurity, M Bovis, MPI

Software designed by Tony and other farmers

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/02/18 13:59

Tony O’Boyle is one of hundreds of New Zealand farmers and rural professionals who have helped design farm software to make sure it meets farmers' future needs.

A Wairarapa farmer and company director, Tony was involved in development of the FarmIQ software, which is now being used on drystock and dairy farms, as well as in agribusiness.

Tony says he’s very pleased with how the software has turned out. It’s in daily use on Marangai Station, the 930ha property he has owned with his wife Pattie for 10 years. “Everyone at Marangai has the FarmIQ app on their phone.”

He is one of many farmers who have done their bit – giving the on-farm perspective and putting forward ideas as well as providing feedback when they’ve used a new feature. For his part Tony had a formal role as a member of the FarmIQ Technical Advisory Group that was set up in 2011, before the initial development phase.

ONE PLACE FOR FARM INFORMATION

Looking back, he says FarmIQ has succeeded in achieving his main objective: “Yeah definitely. I was always keen to have one industry standard repository for all farm information – so a farmer can get all their information into one place at one time.”

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, Beef, sheep, farm management software, saving time, compliance, farm information, farm map, phone app, lambs, NAIT, lamb weights, feed, grazing, inventory, app, stock rec, easy reporting, weights, audit, animal welfare, pasture, O'Boyle, stock manager, history, stock, rotation

Software makes difference for New Zealand Pastures

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/02/18 11:38

Using farm software has significantly reduced costs for New Zealand Pastures and gives them good real-time information at their fingertips.

The corporate farming business finishes up to 300,000 lambs a year as well as 6000 beef cattle on five dryland properties in Canterbury and Otago.

New Zealand Pastures got to know the FarmIQ software when they used it as part of a lamb trial for the Red Meat Profit Partnership programme, recalls the company’s commercial officer Greg Campbell. “We could see the benefit of putting all the farms on.” The last one got set up in July 2016.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, paddock performance, fertiliser, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, Beef, farm management software, saving time, paddock history, compliance, farm information, farm map, phone app, lambs, inventory, app, stock rec, weight target, easy reporting, New Zealand Pastures, RMPP, weights, Red Meat Profit Partnership, data link, pasture

Software drives dairy farm profitability

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 03/12/17 18:57

Northland dairy farmer Jared Going says using farm management software is helping him drive profitability.

Jared took over the family farm at Maromaku, 30 minutes north of Whangarei, in 2004 and runs it with two staff. He’s using an app to record “everything that happens on the farm” to give him insights to make informed decisions.

“And it’s easy to meet legal requirements. For example, we use it for timesheets for the boys. They are responsible for putting the information in and then I approve it. It’s all there; it’s easy. It just adds the information in to the whole farming system.”

It just doesn’t make sense to record on paper any more, he says. “The app’s simple and easy to use – a piece of cake. You enter information straight in and you can view it straight away. You can look at it at the click of a button.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, paddock performance, fertiliser, soil tests, farm assurance, farm record, farm management software, saving time, farm computer, paddock history, compliance, farm information, farm map, interactive farm maps, feed budgeting, phone app, pasture covers, feed, dairy, app, timesheets, feed wedge

Hassle-free farm record keeping

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 15/10/17 21:56

Owaka farmer Penny White is feeling a lot more confident about the next farm audit now that she’s organised recording with new farm software.

Penny White With app & bike Crop 55pc.jpgIt has turned something that was always a hassle into something simple – and even fun, she says. 

Penny does the bookwork for Hina Hina farm on the coast close to Jack’s Bay, while her husband Peter does the day-to-day management. 

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, fertiliser, soil tests, farm assurance, farm record, farm management software, saving time, farm computer, paddock history, compliance, farm information, farm map, interactive farm maps, digital farm maps, phone app, health and safety, land and environment, succession, chemicals, riparian

Get the best from your land

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 information all in one place

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 23/03/17 17:23

West Coast dairy farmer Neil Allers is using farm software to get all his farm information in one place.

Neil has been managing Blairs farm milking 830 cows near Lake Brunner for 2 and a half years now. He hadn't done much with computers before. “I’ve caught on how to do it – it’s not that hard. It’s a really excellent tool.”

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

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

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

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

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

5 ways farmers can work smarter with others

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 08/07/15 10:27

New-generation farm management software provides good tools for working smarter with others.

It can help farmers work more efficiently with farm staff, as well as assisting their relationships with anyone who is key to their farm business.

Here are five ways the new software helps farmers with communication and sharing farm information…

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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, working smarter

How to be a happy farmer

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 12/05/15 18:00

Marlborough farmer Doug Avery has been generous in sharing his story of how he went from being a miserable farmer to a happy, confident one.

Doug was stuck “farming in a way that was never going to return anybody anything”, and he knows it’s fairly common.  “There are hundreds of farmers out there who are just dazed, going through the motions as best as they can and hoping something will change.”

He’s been speaking about this publicly because he wants others to understand what’s possible. It’s a way of thanking those who helped him.

“Nothing will change until you change”, he says, and the good news is there are people and organisations ready to help.

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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

5 things to know about interactive farm maps

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 13/11/14 19:26

Interactive mapsDigital farm maps can do everything a farm map ever used to do – and much more.

And it’s all at the farmer’s fingertips on their computer.

The new interactive maps have taken things to the next level says a Hawke’s Bay sheep and beef farmer.

Here are 5 things to know about these new maps...

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Topics: farm software, paddock performance, fertiliser, paddocks, cropping history, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, recording farm information, farm workers, farm contractors, farm computer, farm owners, paddock history, compliance, farm information, mapping, task management, farm map, interactive farm maps, digital farm maps, planning

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