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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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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, stock tallies, farm planning, farm compliance, NAIT, spreadsheets, mobile phone, diary, farm with facts, quick and easy farm compliance, health and safety software, incidents, visitors, health and safety, feed, land and environment, corporate farming, grazing, mobile app, health treatments, inventory, dairy, app, timesheets, stock rec, pasture, stock manager, history, stock, biosecurity, M Bovis, MPI, stock transfers, Eradication, Efficiency, Rosters, Calving Season, Calving, Reduce Stress, Time Sheets

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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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, stock tallies, farm planning, farm compliance, NAIT, spreadsheets, mobile phone, diary, farm with facts, quick and easy farm compliance, health and safety software, incidents, visitors, health and safety, feed, land and environment, corporate farming, grazing, mobile app, health treatments, inventory, dairy, app, timesheets, stock rec, pasture, stock manager, history, stock, biosecurity, M Bovis, MPI, stock transfers, Eradication, Reduce cull

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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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, stock tallies, farm planning, farm compliance, spreadsheets, mobile phone, diary, farm with facts, health and safety software, incidents, visitors, health and safety, feed, land and environment, corporate farming, grazing, mobile app, health treatments, inventory, dairy, app, timesheets, stock rec, pasture, stock manager, history, stock, biosecurity, M Bovis, MPI, stock transfers, Save lives, Eradication, Reduce cull

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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Topics: farm software, FarmIQ, farm productivity, farm technology, farm measuring and monitoring, planting, paddock performance, fertiliser, soil tests, paddocks, farm assurance, farm record, farm management software, saving time, farm computer, paddock history, farm information, feed budgeting, pasture covers, farm planning, spreadsheets, mobile phone, health and safety software, incidents, visitors, health and safety, feed, land and environment, grazing, mobile app, inventory, app, timesheets, feed wedge, pasture, milk production, waterlines, milk, management dashboard, Dairy Industry Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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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