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


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.

FarmIQ is good to go says AgFirst

James Allen of AgFirst

James Allen, chairman of the nationwide agricultural consultancy business AgFirst, says there’s potential for farming to make a lot more use of the FarmIQ software.

Product development in Germany

A display in Germany

It’s been a busy couple of years for Silver Fern Farm’s marketing team in Germany.

Part of the Product Development workstream of the FarmIQ Primary Growth Partnership, the aim of this project is to earn premium prices for new, Silver Fern Farms-branded retail ranges.

In March 2015, the six new sales staff ran a trial of frozen lamb and venison retail packs with EDEKA, Germany’s largest supermarket group.

Take the guesswork out of allocating feed

Massey University student Sam Pike gives his assessment of the FeedSmart calculator, after giving it a test run. The calculator was commissioned by Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Red Meat Profit Partnership, using a model developed by FarmIQ to calculate feed requirements for animals, and allows you to calculate pasture/crop usage when moving animals to paddocks.

Read Sam's piece