Cloud Farmer an integral part of Kereru Farm.

Trudy and Simon Hales, Kereru Farm

The right solution

Simon was over notebooks on farm and the dog eating the shepherd’s notebook (true story) was the last straw. “We made the move to Cloud Farmer a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back.” says Simon. When looking at alternative options for the notebook Simon and Trudy considered FarmIQ, but decided it was too focused on analysis and they already had FARMAX for that, “we wanted something simple that would allow us to record all of our day-to-day info. Cloud Farmer does everything we need and doesn’t cost a fortune”.

Time saver

Simon and Trudy have found Cloud Farmer to be a real time saver especially when it comes to planning and being prepared for an audit. The planner in Cloud Farmer has been invaluable on Kereru Farm, Simon says, “most Sundays I have the whole week planned out in Cloud Farmer, at our Monday morning meeting we quickly run through what’s on for the week.” The whole team can see the plan for the week no matter where they are and that means everyone is on the same page.

Come audit time Simon isn’t having to spend time getting all of his records in order. It’s all in Cloud Farmer because they’ve been recording as they go. “The biggest thing Cloud Farmer is really good for is Farm Assurance. I just open the computer and it’s all there, real information! Not information I had to scramble around to find the morning of the audit.” says Simon.

Accountability

Simon and the team are diligent at filling out the diary, “we keep a really good diary in Cloud Farmer, for me that’s really important. The staff keep good notes in the diary that we can all look back on. They can also see what I’ve done, which makes them more involved and allows them think one step ahead and a level above.”

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