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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Breeding focus to lift lamb value by $52,000

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 15/10/14 10:50

Lift lamb performance

For farms that are breeding and finishing, there’s a natural tension between groups of stock.

On the one hand you want to get sale stock up to good weights and on the truck, and on the other hand you are preparing breeding replacements for good performance.

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Topics: FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, Farm analysis tools, Lamb finishing, Lamb breeding, White Rock Mains, lift value of lamb crops, reproductive performance

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

Keeping paddocks on track

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 18/09/14 09:43

 

Good feed is the fuel for animal growth and performance – so how do you know if your paddocks are performing?

When Otago farmer Mark Giles of Hunter Hills Station met with his seed rep recently, he had in mind 10 or 12 paddocks for spring planting. He’s developing some country out of native and also working developed areas. This season some paddocks are coming out of two years in rape and are going into pasture, and others with run-out pasture will be cropped for a couple of years.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, Hunter Hills Station, fertiliser, soil tests, spring planting, cropping, farm assurance, Otago farming, farm record

EID shows farm production potential

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 15/09/14 13:55

There’s always something new in farming and sometimes it pays to wait to see what other farmers make of new technologies - like electronic ID tags for sheep.

Rob Lawson of East Otago started weighing stock in 2003 and was so impressed that he put his hand up to try EID in his sheep.

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Topics: farm software, Moana Farm, FarmIQ, farm productivity, EID, EID tagging, farm technology, free sheep ID tags, farm measuring and monitoring

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