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How to effectively reduce your stress levels this calving season.

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 04/07/18 11:45

For many around the country, calving season has kicked off early whereas others are still in the calm before the storm, making as many last-minute preparations as possible. For farmers using FarmIQ, calving is still stressful, it's just slightly less stressful....

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Automated NAIT compliance through FarmIQ

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 21/06/18 14:19

 

 

As M. bovis continues to cause significant concern and MPI works to manage it, the Support team at FarmIQ is fielding a lot of questions about NAIT and how FarmIQ  can help ease the pain of compliance.

 

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No surprises for better farm health and safety

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 20/06/18 16:28

 

Making sure there are no surprises helps keep everyone on the farm safe, says Andrew Beijeman, the chief executive of Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation.


The Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation employs 45 staff and uses a large number of contractors to run nine units covering a total of nearly 42,000 ha in the Waimarino area, including one dairy unit.

One of the keys to a healthy and safe farm working environment is making sure people have good information – and that’s where the FarmIQ software comes in, Andrew says.

“We’ve got such large farms, and it’s about no surprises. We have recorded all the known hazards on an online map. It makes it easy to inform people who are coming on to the farm. This will probably be the biggest thing the software does for us that will improve our safety.”

“It’s a good visual - based on the location of the hazard. It means people can have a conversation about it.”

The recording of hazards on the map links automatically to a hazard register where information can be noted, including steps being taken to manage them.

“Health and safety recording in the FarmIQ software is easy to use and follow, even for those who aren’t as comfortable with computers," says Andrew.

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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, paddock performance, paddocks, farm assurance, farm record, Beef, farm management software, recording farm information, saving time, farm computer, paddock history, farm information, farm planning, farm compliance, spreadsheets, mobile phone, health and safety software, incidents, Health and Safety at Work Act 2016, visitors, health and safety, feed, land and environment, corporate farming, grazing, mobile app, inventory, app, pasture, history, H&S

FarmIQ records reduce M. bovis cull

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 12/06/18 06:00

 Above: Steve Johnson, manager of The Wandle in Middlemarch.

A South Island farming business managed to get a huge reduction in the number of stock culled for M. bovis eradication by showing detailed stock records.

It’s the kind of recording that could be essential for the Government’s eradication programme to succeed.

 
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. Lone Star was one of the first non-dairying businesses to be identified with the disease.
 
The calves were reared on one block of Caberfeidh, Lone Star’s 5300ha farm in the Hakataramea Valley, and then just a week before the disease discovery half of them were sent to another farm, 1,950 ha The Wandle in Middlemarch. Both are large farms involved in breeding and trading, and they winter about 45,000 stock units between them.
 
Using records in FarmIQ going back about 18 months, Lone Star was able to show exactly where the calves were at any time. “Staff record any movement using the FarmIQ app on their phone,” Boyd explains. "Tim in our office was able to take the records and produce a report, with help from the FarmIQ Support desk. It meant we could prove where the calves have been and what animals have been in close proximity.” 
 
This has been very helpful for Lone Star in three ways – it helped with explaining the situation to near neighbours, resulted in MPI agreeing to a significant reduction in the areas placed under restrictions and meant far fewer animals were culled by MPI.
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Software brings dairy farm management together

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 29/05/18 15:35

Manawatu dairy farm manager Angela Strawbridge says the FarmIQ software stands out for how it brings all farm information together in one place.

Angela has been a farm manager for Stewart Dairy Lands near Palmerston North, owned by James and Debbie Stewart, for three seasons, after previously working for them for two years as a relief milker and calf rearer. 

She won Dairy Manager of the Year at the 2018 Manawatu Dairy Industry Awards in March. She works with five other fulltime staff to run a total of 800 high-producing cows on two blocks, along with replacements on a third block, adding up to 600ha.

She wrote a list last year and used it to assess the available farm management software. “I was looking for software that I could put everything into and that would give me the information I wanted.” FarmIQ ticked all the boxes.

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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

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

Farm software means no surprises

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 01/08/16 19:04

Using farm management software to track stock and paddocks means “no surprises”, says a Wairarapa farm manager who is part of a corporate farming operation.

Ian Evans runs 4200 stock units on the 518ha hill country property Mangarata for the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. Mangarata has been using the farm software for two years, and it’s helping Ian keep his finger on the pulse.

“The information is right in front of you as a manager. I’m setting weight targets for mobs of R1 cattle or the ewe hoggets and 2-tooths. For example, if I want animals up to a certain weight in May, I can set targets for January and every month in between. Then I can compare what’s happening each month. There are no surprises.”

Now the other three farms run by Taratahi are also starting to use the software.

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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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