AbacusBio agribusiness consultant Simon Glennie has been working with Des for about 15 months now and says things have changed a lot on the farm over that period.
“Due to the quarantine status of one of the blocks, there are restrictions around stock movement, but using FARMAX Pro has ensured that feed is available at critical periods to ensure stock performance and value is optimised,” says Glennie.
This, he says, is where FARMAX farmers are at a much greater advantage than those who operate without the benefits of the system.
“There have been several highs and lows in deer farming over the 11 years that I have been consulting, and currently we are experiencing one of the lows,” he said.
“The ability of FARMAX to model potential system changes and analyse the financial outcome of the change is very powerful.
“Issues and opportunities on-farm can be recognised and dealt with earlier.”
Glennie said deer systems tend to have a flat feed demand relative to supply and a challenge, particularly for southern deer farmers, such as Des, is the long winter and the need to supplement effectively so that profit is maximised.
“Once a good base model for the farm is generated, policies can be compared easily and with the required degree of accuracy, allowing farmers to concentrate on risk elements and practicalities knowing that the grass and supplement system will work.”
Simon Glennie won FARMAX South Island Consultant of the Year in 2013 due to his expertise in grazing, project management and use of new agricultural technologies to help clients make the most of their businesses.