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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 adviser feels positivity about sheep

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 17/11/15 10:42

Working with new farm management software gets farm adviser Graham Butcher mixing with people who are very positive about the future of sheep farming.

Advising sheep, beef and deer farmers is Graham’s specialty: “I decided dairy was not my cup of tea.”

Based in Gore, Graham has been on the steering committee for farmers Barry and Julie Crawford’s technology project since it started in 2011.

It has brought together people who are ambitious for their industry, he says. “It is really good to be working with farmers who are so enthusiastic about the future of sheep."

The software that has been developed out of the project can help advisers like him work more effectively with farmers, he says.

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Topics: farm technology, farm recording, cropping, Lamb finishing, sheep, farm management software, sustainable farming, Southland, farm adviser, red clover, targets

Farmer puts away spreadsheets

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 14/10/15 17:37


Canterbury farm manager Hamish Chamberlain has put aside his spreadsheets this season. Instead, he is using online farm management software to help him manage finishing around 12,000 stock units.

He’s also using the software to produce the new kind of maps required for Farm Environment planning.

“I was looking for a system to simplify things,” says Hamish, who runs a 520ha property near Cheviot with one shepherd.

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Topics: Value of measuring and monitoring your lambs, fertiliser, farm recording, animal health, Lamb finishing, lift value of lamb crops, farm management software, paddock history, mapping, farm map, lambs, pasture covers, lamb growth rates, sustainable farming, Canterbury, spreadsheets, trading lambs, sales, purchases, chemical, meat company

Quick & easy farm compliance - and more

Posted by Team at FarmIQ on 18/09/15 11:39

Sheep and beef farmer Marcus Edge has found a quick and easy way to present the right information for farm assurance and compliance audits.

He has changed his farm recording this past year, and the key has been using online farm management software with a mobile phone app.

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Topics: farm recording, farm assurance, farm management software, paddock history, phone app, finishing, Ewe replacements, sustainable farming, farm compliance, Wairarapa, Marcus Edge, NAIT, information, mobile phone, one less thing to do, quick, easy, audits, diary

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