FarmIQ completes capital raising round

Farmlands Cooperative Society Ltd has taken a shareholding in farm software company FarmIQ Systems Ltd, as part of a capital raising round.

FarmIQ Systems Ltd is a New Zealand-based technology company that develops and markets software for farming and agribusiness.

Farmlands joins Landcorp Farming Ltd, Silver Fern Farms Joint Ventures Ltd and Veterinary Enterprises Group Ltd as shareholders in FarmIQ Systems Ltd.

Rural Directions help farmers get the most out of FarmIQ

Emma Doran - Farm Services Technician with Rural Directions

A Hawke’s Bay-based company is offering farmers help with using the FarmIQ software, as part of a developing technical advisory business.

Welcome to Jock

Jock Richardson, pictured at a farmer workshop

Jock Richardson has taken on the role of General Manager, Sales and Customer Success at FarmIQ.  This is a key new position in the FarmIQ organisational structure that was introduced in July.

Jock’s previous roles include more than 10 years at LIC. He started with FarmIQ in September and has quickly become acquainted with the workings of the teams that report to him in the areas of Support, Training and Sales.

Click here to hear Jock Richardson talk about his role at FarmIQ (1½ minutes, YouTube).

New FarmIQ Dairy+ Pack

FarmIQ is pleased to announce the release of the new Dairy+ Pack.

This contains some new dairy-specific features as well as existing features to help dairy farmers manage their cows and feed, land and staff. The new features for dairy include feed planning tools and milk production information linking into a dashboard. FarmIQ believes this pack is the most complete farm management software available and the company is delighted to make it available to New Zealand’s dairy farmers.

Training videos

FarmIQ’s online Help now includes three short videos that show how to set up and change farm maps.

Videos are a really useful part of the training mix, says FarmIQ Training Manager Teena Moody. “Some topics can take a lot of words to explain and if you can show someone it really helps. Videos are great for that. You get to watch a person going through the sequences and hear them explain what they are doing as they go.

“We’re also focusing on map and farm set-up because they are a crucial part of getting started with the software.

Pasture reporting with the FarmIQ software

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When you record pasture covers in the FarmIQ software you get several reporting options to help you make decisions about feed, rotations, stock buying and selling.

It is now possible to import files of pasture cover information from tow-behind and other measuring devices using an upload feature in the FarmIQ software. (This can occur automatically for people with JenQuip packages.)

There are several useful reports available in the FarmIQ software that draw on the recorded pasture cover information. 

Libby leading dairy for FarmIQ

Libby Wood

FarmIQ’s new dairy specialist Libby Wood is confident the software has a lot to offer dairy farmers.

Libby was appointed to the role of National Dairy Business Manager, starting on 1 July.

She has previous experience advising dairy farmers on nutrient management as a consultant with Opus Rural Consulting. She also relief-milked for money to get through university, and these days rears dairy heifer replacements and Jersey sires. “This role is a pretty good personal fit for me,” she says.

MyFarm using FarmIQ for one-stop software

MyFarm are using the FarmIQ software for accurate, real-time farm information all in one place

Farm management professionals MyFarm say the FarmIQ software gives them something they’ve been seeking for a while.

The Feilding-based firm has managed farm syndicates established by MyFarm Investments Limited over the past 27 years. It is now extending its range of services to dairy farmers outside the MyFarm group.

ANZCO and Alliance carcase info into FarmIQ

A file transfer process has been set up for ANZCO and Alliance suppliers

Many suppliers to the meat companies ANZCO Foods and Alliance Group will be able to transfer kill sheet information into their FarmIQ software from 28 June.

FarmIQ has worked with these companies to develop the process so suppliers can integrate carcass performance figures with other farm records.

FarmIQ app keeps getting better

Aaron Stewart (second from right) with the app development team

The FarmIQ mobile app has come a long way since August 2014 when the one thing it could do was transfer files from a weigh device to the FarmIQ software.

FarmIQ Business analyst Aaron Stewart has had primary responsibility for development of the app over the past 18 months. “What you are getting on the FarmIQ phone app now is a whole range of recording and reporting,” he says. “Its ability to record almost mirrors what you can do on a desktop now. There are still a few things you can’t do but we are closing that gap.”