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ANZCO and Alliance carcass 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.”

Now it's easy to track pasture growth

"It's a profit maker," says Garth

Recent enhancements to the FarmIQ software have made something that used to be very hard into something very easy, says Garth Nielsen-Vold of FarmIQ, who has a background in farm production systems consulting…

Based on the decisions that farmers can make from it, I’m feeling excited about the potential of the new pasture growth rate feature. It’s a “profit maker” in my view. 

New FarmIQ investor

From left, Darryn Pegram of FarmIQ with John Harrison and Andrew MacPherson of Veterinary Enterprises.

Te Awamutu-based livestock services group Veterinary Enterprises has taken a stake in FarmIQ.

FarmIQ was founded by Silver Fern Farms and Landcorp in 2010 and has run a large innovation programme part-funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries through its Primary Growth Partnership. As part of this, FarmIQ developed farm management software, which is now being marketed by a new company, FarmIQ Systems Ltd, set up in May 2016.

New FarmIQ for dairy video

New FarmIQ software for dairy video

FarmIQ has produced a new short video clip showing how the software is relevant for dairy farmers. 

Already a number of dairy farmers use the FarmIQ software and there are inquiries every day.

Year-on-year comparisons at Telford

A report showing the proportion of ewe lambs at each liveweight, comparing 2016 (blue) and 2017 ewe lamb weights for April and May.

It’s been “a ridiculously good” summer and autumn on the Telford farms in South Otago, which are run as part of the Telford Campus of Lincoln University.

The 980 ewe hoggets were nudging their mating target of 45kg two months ahead of time, says Thomas Jones, 2IC for the Telford sheep and deer farm. Rams went out with the 3000 mixed-age ewes on Easter Monday and with the hoggets on 15 May. “We’re hoping for a very good scanning,” he says.

FarmIQ PGP wind-down starts

IQ Farm representatives from around the country met for a final time recently at Telford.

FarmIQ has been preparing for the end of the 7-year Primary Growth Partnership, which winds down at the end of June.

“We are developing a number of reports and presentations,” says Collier Isaacs, the CEO of the FarmIQ PGP.

As part of this, the IQ Farms project teams met recently in Southland to prepare for reporting on their on-farm trials.  

Helping farmers succeed

   Some of the FarmIQ Training and Support staff: (from left) Pam Russell, Arron Gardner, Tine Thierauch and Malcolm Hunter

FARMER PERSPECTIVE

Wanaka farmer Mike Scurr aims to get his farm staff familiar enough with recording that it’s second nature.

Mike got a FarmIQ subscription for Hillend Station six months ago and recently he and two staff attended the latest round of FarmIQ training workshops. “FarmIQ will be our hub for all aspects of our business,” he explains. “Therefore our staff need to be upskilled to the point that data entry is no more foreign than sending a text or writing in a note book.”

Making farm recording simple and fun

Owaka farmer Penny White is feeling a lot more confident about the next farm audit now that she’s organised recording with the FarmIQ software.

It has turned something that was always a hassle into something simple – and even enjoyable, she says. Penny does the bookwork for Hina Hina farm on the Catlins coast close to Jack’s Bay, while her husband Peter does the day-to-day management.

Lamb eating quality report released

Grant Howie - Led a FarmIQ research project that identified what gives consumers a good lamb eating experience. (Photo - Farmers Weekly)

FarmIQ research into lamb eating quality has identified what makes a difference for consumers and that information is now guiding marketing.

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