Free Workshop for Rural Women

On Monday 17 November Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre will host a free evening workshop for sheep and beef farming women to learn about Farm IQ software. 

Farm IQ is a farm management software package that allows sheep and beef farmers the ability to store, analyse and benchmark animal performance.  

With Farm IQ all farm information is captured, collated and presented.  It’s available anytime, anywhere – through cloud storage and a mobile applications and is an accurate and secure record.

Farm IQ provides quick recall and searches, assists with meeting compliance requirements, is an aid for planning and can be easily shared with contractors, owners and staff, and other farmers.

It provides reports that compare performance - of stock, paddocks and forages which enables farmers to see what’s really going on by quickly identifying what’s performing best - and why and identifies under-performers.

The two hour workshop will be run by staff from Farm IQ and Dr Annette Litherland, a tutor at Taratahi.

The purpose of the evening is to provide an interactive and supportive environment for rural women to learn about Farm IQ and network with other women in the industry.  Taratahi students will also be a part of the workshop.

Workshop organiser, Dr Litherland is hoping this workshop will be the first of many for rural women in the Wairarapa.  “It’s really important that women in the industry have a strong network to tap into and to feel supported by.  I’m hoping that this first workshop will be the start of us connecting with each other on a regular basis.”

Dr Litherland was a founding member of the Women in Farming group now being run by Rural Women New Zealand.  Annette worked as a scientist for AgResearch for 25 years in applied sheep and beef farming research and has spent a number of years working on sheep and beef farms, brushing up on her practical skills and learning different farming methods.

“Taratahi uses Farm IQ at Mangarata and I’ve been very impressed with the difference it makes to the management of the farm, it really takes the business to the next level and I want to share this with others.”

Attendees will have access to the Farm IQ software for a limited time after the workshop, so they can explore the software’s capability for their own farm when they get home.

The free workshop will be held on Monday 17 November, 7pm-9pm.  Attendees should bring their own laptop, or if they do not have one, Taratahi will provide one for them. 

To secure a place in the workshop call Dr Annette Litherland 027-7244445.