What computer equipment do I need to run the FarmIQ software?

To run the FarmIQ software, you need a PC, laptop or a notebook-style tablet running a current version of Windows or IOS (on an Apple Mac).

Also, you need internet access, and we recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser. The software base functionality has been designed to work when you are offline as well as when you are hooked up; but some functions, for example reporting, require you to be online at the time of use.

The software has not been optimised for, or tested on, iPads or tablets running the android operating system, and functionality on these will be limited.

You can run the FarmIQ mobile app on an iPhone running version 7.1.2 or higher, or an android smartphone running version 4.1 or higher. It will run better on phones that have good memory capacity and operating speed.

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I want to get involved with FarmIQ but I’m not confident with computers?

We’ve designed a series of Packs for the different ways people want to use the FarmIQ software. We recommend that people who are just starting out with computers begin with the Map or Starter Pack and follow the online guides to get started. You can use a phone app for recording and some reporting, which many people find a handy way to use the software.

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Who owns my farm information on the FarmIQ software?

You retain full ownership of your farm information. Only you can give consent for your individual farm information to be shared, for example with your farm team or advisers. You do authorise us to use your farm data in aggregated form - that is together with data from other farms - for benchmarking and commercial purposes. There are rules around how this can be done to ensure it cannot be traced back to any individual farm.

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How do I know my farm information is secure on the FarmIQ software?

FarmIQ operates according to best-practice protocols to ensure that your privacy is protected and that all your farm information is reliably and securely stored. FarmIQ became accredited to the New Zealand Farm Data Code of Practice in March 2016. FarmIQ's farm management software uses cloud-based software – so it’s on the internet rather than on your computer hard drive. This means, for example, that if your computer crashes, your farm information is still secure.

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What types of enterprise can use the FarmIQ software?

The FarmIQ software was initially designed for beef cattle,sheep and deer around red meat production. A full suite of features have now been built for dairy farming. It will not work for other livestock (such as pigs or goats). This software has some applicability for plant-based systems such as forestry or horticulture, with features such as task management, health & safety, mapping, harvest recording, paddock histories including application recording, and environmental planning.

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How long does it take to get set up on the FarmIQ software?

This depends on which Pack you choose and whether you already have a digital, GIS farm map. It could range from a day to few days, depending on how quickly we can get the required farm information. See the notes on "Farm Set-up" on the Pricing page regarding a possible rebate.

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How well does the FarmIQ software work with rural internet and cellphone connections?

The FarmIQ software has been designed to run with typical rural connectivity speeds. It is also designed to work offline, so you then sync when connection is available. There’s also a mobile app option, which enables you to collect information in the paddock even where there’s no coverage, and it will sync later.

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What help is available if I get stuck with something on the FarmIQ software?

If you get stuck with something on the FarmIQ software, we suggest that you check out the online Help. If it’s not answered there, you should call or email the FarmIQ Support desk.

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Do I have to have my animals EID-tagged to use the FarmIQ software?

In short, no.

The FarmIQ software is set up to manage cattle, deer and sheep.

Of course, cattle and deer are already all required by law to carry EID tags, and the software will help you get farm management benefits by enabling you to analyse their individual information.

For sheep, we’ve set up the option of mob management – or with EID tagging you can manage them more as individuals, which can be very powerful. You could EID tag a sample of your stock and get a lot of benefit that way.

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Will using the FarmIQ software mean more time in the office?

We’re doing everything we can so you can collect information as you go - while you are out on the farm, because we understand that farmers don’t want to spend more time in the office. There's a FarmIQ app for iPhones and android phones that you can use to enter information like health treatments and to quickly upload weights from your scale indicator box. (The first iPhone version has all the functions except weight uploads, which will be possible once indicators are made compatible.)

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What does the FarmIQ software integrate with?

FarmIQ works with a number of partners to create value for farmers, such as through data sharing and integrated devices. Current partners relevant for dairy include: Miraka, Open Country Dairy, Synlait and Westland Milk Products for milk production information; Jenquip, Gallagher, Tru-test, Iconix and Te Pari for measuring device integration; Cashmanager Rural financial management software and NAIT animal identification and traceability for data linking; and Alliance Group (Platinum), ANZCO and Silver Fern Farms for carcass performance information. The FarmIQ Environment Planning template has been approved by Environment Canterbury (August 2016). Also, AgFirst is offering a software package called Landbase that is powered by FarmIQ, containing mapping and environment planning tools with associated consultancy. 

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What does the data link for Westland, Synlait, Open Country Dairy & Miraka suppliers mean?

Suppliers to these participating companies can ask for daily milk production figures to be sent to FarmIQ through the data link. You can then set up widgets on your FarmIQ dashboard to get a handy view of what’s happening. These might report on the milk solids and somatic cell count figures for different time periods or compare them against previous season figures, or track milk solids against on-farm information such as feed or cow numbers. 

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What is the Jenquip offer?

FarmIQ and Jenquip have partnered to create a seamless process for transferring pasture growth information from measuring devices to your computer, where you can view a range of reports. This gives you easier, accurate pasture growth information to get the most from your paddocks and feed. There are two packages on offer: a Jenquip FarmIQ Software Pack and a Jenquip addition to a FarmIQ Pack. For more information, call Jenquip, ph 021 783 660.

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I’ve got other farm management software, where does the FarmIQ software fit?

The easiest way to describe the FarmIQ software is: it’s a farm information hub. It can record all your animal, land, feed and staff management information and it integrates it. There is no other independently owned software that can do this. There are several useful software tools and we are linking with some of them (rather than building those parts ourselves). We are in discussions with several further companies.

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What does FarmIQ offer farmers to help us manage health and safety?

FarmIQ believes health and safety is about two things: looking after your people and visitors, and ensuring you’re meeting compliance requirements. FarmIQ’s farm management software helps you do all the health and safety recording and reporting you need for both purposes. The software specifically covers: hazards and incidents registers, handling visitors and contractors, staff training and meetings, and emergency planning. Also, the software helps you manage other items of your farm’s health and safety system through enabling scheduling of tasks and meetings, task tracking, and recording. You do this all online (and some of it with a phone app), so it can be paperless. You can attach files such as documents and photos, and use online mapping. To put it simply, you can use FarmIQ to take your farm health and safety management to the next stage. Depending on the Pack you buy (with the exception of the Map Pack), the health and safety features are available: as part of the Pack or as an optional extra. If you are starting out with developing the health and safety system for your farm, we can recommend these two links for good information and resources: WorkSafe New Zealand and Institute of Directors

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