Agents were recording entries for sale and buying orders in a scrappy, inefficient way. Bits of paper were being faxed, scanned, and emailed to the office, requiring managers to piece together details of stock numbers and breeds, and then match them to the correct customer account. Relying on this kind of paperwork left the process open to errors.
Good farmers need to manage their inputs and outputs carefully. Keeping tabs on stock, tracking animal health procedures, and managing employee costs via timesheets are just a few of the factors that can fatten or trim margins. So, the company's Livestock Operations Manager, Hayden Ashby, was keen to enlist the help of technology.
A vineyard labouring company has taken the leap from pen and paper to tablets. And although cost and staff buy-in were major challenges to overcome, efficiency gains and data accuracy have made the upgrade worthwhile.