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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

Easier farm bookwork

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/06/16 19:40

Southland farmer Megan Vande Sandt went looking for a new way of recording farm information and has found software that fits.

Megan and her husband Justin run a 240ha drystock and grazing operation on the outskirts of Mossburn in northern Southland, which includes grazing dairy heifers for 21 months as well as leasing out Jersey sires.

Like many farming partnerships they divvy up the duties, with Justin focusing more on running the day-to-day farming and Megan running the bookwork side of things, as well as doing seasonal work off the farm organising calf contracts. She makes sure the right information is being recorded for any farm activity or event.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, new farm technology, farm technology, paddock performance, farm recording, paddocks, cropping history, cropping, farm assurance, farm record, animal health, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, paddock history, farm information, phone app, liveweights, farm business, mobile phone, grazing

Keep a realtime stock rec

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 08/06/16 11:38

Keeping a realtime stock reconciliation online means it will show you what's actually on the farm at any time.

FarmIQ helps keep your tallies up to dateThat makes monthly or end-of-year reporting easy.

Now is a particularly good time to get set up for this, with the new financial year starting.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, Beef, farm management software, recording farm information, farm computer, farm information, lambs, stock tallies, Ewe replacements, farm business, trading lambs, grazing

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

Farmer saves time and no worries

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 16/05/16 16:48

Young sheep and beef farmer Amanda Anderson had a painful experience of losing all her farm information. 

But now she's got it securely stored and is saving time too, with new farm management software.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm computer, compliance, farm information, farm business, communication

Farmers use software for health & safety

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 04/04/16 16:29

Communication in farm workplaces has become more important with the Health and Safety at Work Act that came into effect on 4 April.

The new legislation has mostly not altered farmers’ responsibility to manage risk and ensure safety on farms. The main difference is now almost everyone on the farm has a role.

This comes down to communication, and farmers are looking to new farm management software to help.

Two farmers say software helps them work with staff and visitors to improve safety and make sure there are “no surprises”.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, new farm technology, farm technology, farm recording, farm record, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm contractors, farm computer, compliance, farm information, mapping, farm staff, farm compliance, farm business, hazards, health and safety software, incidents, training, Health and Safety at Work Act 2016, risk, visitors, health and safety, communication, emergency plan, team meetings, contractors

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

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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