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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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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

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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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

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