Fun Fact Friday – 3rd September 2021

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FUN FACT FRIDAY

Stockbook is a comprehensive livestock management software that offers you the livestock intelligence within your operation by turning data into actionable information and help you make informed decisions and helps in avoiding costly mistakes and complete your daily tasks within tight deadlines.

Stockbook helps you record and manage your livestock health records for all your animals with ease.

Stockbook livestock management software makes it easy for even inexperienced stock owners to track individual livestock performance by measuring livestock traits and providing insights about productive and less productive animals.

Stockbook is not just for experienced producers, Practical Systems believes that one size does NOT fit all. We offer a product and price to meet your needs from smaller, single location operations to larger, multi-enterprise corporations.

Trusted Advice to unlock your livestock intelligence

Not only can Practical Systems offer you the solutions to help you manage today’s business performance, we’re also there to collaborate with you to drive your business forward.

With more than 25 years working with producers, Practical Systems can offer you all of that experience in applying technology solutions to agriculture industry problems. We take the time to understand your business objectives, breeding program and operational needs and then help you to devise a plan that navigates the risk and volatility of the market.

This experience also places Practical Systems in a good position to provide you trusted advice on the available and emerging technology solutions from across the market and around the world to fulfill our aim of bringing greater profitability to your livestock or farming operations.

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Important information regarding access to STP portal.

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Revised outage date for Single Touch Payroll and Superstream

Superchoice is the clearinghouse and gateway service provider for the Single Touch Payroll (STP) function within Practical Systems Cashbook®. 

Superchoice have announced that they will be conducting maintenance of their STP and SuperStream portal. It will be temporally inoperable for submitting pay events.

We recently advised you that the portal was scheduled for maintenance Today, 7th September 2021, at 6:00 PM. This maintenance has been postponed and will occur on Tuesday, 14th September 2021.

DATETIMESTATUS
 Thursday, 26th August 2021 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (AEST)INOPERABLE
Tuesday, 7th September 2021 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (AEST)

INOPERABLE

Tuesday, 14th September 2021 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (AEST)

INOPERABLE

Please do not attempt to submit data using the STP portal during these times. 
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact us on 1800 624 688 or via email at support@practicalsystems.com.au  

Interrupted access to STP and SuperStream

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URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT SINGLE TOUCH PAYROLL & SUPERSTREAM

 Status: Resolved

Practical Systems Cashbook® uses a third party service, Superchoice, as the clearinghouse and gateway service provider for Single Touch Payroll (STP) and SuperStream functions. 
After a scheduled maintenance event, Superchoice has been experiencing continued interruption to their service which is affecting Cashbook customers trying to use STP and SuperStream services. Their technicians are currently working to resolve the issue.  

We apologise for the inconvenience caused. If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact us on 1800 624 688 or via email at support@practicalsystems.com.au

Important information regarding access to STP portal.

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URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT SINGLE TOUCH PAYROLL

Superchoice is the clearinghouse and gateway service provider for the Single Touch Payroll (STP) function within Practical Systems Cashbook®. 

Superchoice have announced that they will be conducting maintenance of their  STP portal. It will be temporally inoperable for submitting pay events. 
 
The dates and times during which you will not be able to access the STP portal  via Cashbook® are below:
DATETIMESTATUS
 Tuesday, 20th July 2021 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (AEST)INOPERABLE
Thursday, 29th July 2021 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (AEST)INOPERABLE
 Tuesday, 3rd August 2021  7:00 PM – 11:00 PM  (AEST)INOPERABLE
Tuesday,10th August 20217:00 PM – 11:00 PM  (AEST)INOPERABLE
Please do not attempt to submit data using the STP portal during these times. 

We apologise for the late notice and any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact us on 1800 624 688 or via email at support@practicalsystems.com.au  

Practical Systems welcomes Brangus Australia to the forefront of livestock data management.

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Practical Systems welcomes Brangus Australia to the forefront of livestock data management.

Brangus Australia has cemented its place at the forefront of modern livestock data management by partnering with one of Australia’s leading providers of on-farm software, Practical Systems.

For more than 25 years, Practical Systems has offered innovative data solutions for livestock, financial and farm management.

“We are delighted to formally join with Brangus Australia in this important relationship for Practical Systems,” says CEO of Practical Systems, Peter Rasmussen.

“We place real value in establishing a relationship that connects what we do directly with breed society members and enables us to ensure our services align with their  objectives for the national herd.”

Mr Rasmussen says Practical Systems provides technology solutions and advice that enable producers to convert raw data into actionable decisions that can benefit their business. Understanding the specific breed objectives is critical to staying relevant.

“We have a long history of being a trusted service provider to the livestock industry. To ensure that tradition continues, we believe it is critical to focus on how we can help improve the performance and viability of the national herd and individual producer operations,” Mr Rasmussen said.

“Practical Systems is supporting Brangus Australia’s breed objectives with intelligence that provides tangible decision-making support to improve the performance of their key business asset – livestock in the paddock.”

CEO of Brangus Australia Tessa Pearson said the agreement was an important step for the Association, building on the strong performance of the Brangus breed in the areas of genetics and carcass quality over recent years.

Mrs Pearson noted the capacity to tailor technology from Practical Systems to further the goals of both the producer and the breed as a whole is exciting. Practical Systems is supporting Brangus producers with intelligence that provides tangible decision-making support to improve the performance of their key business asset – livestock in the paddock.

“This partnership will provide our members with the ability to record large volumes of data which can be integrated with their existing on-property management systems and (as a result) leverage individual animal management,” she said.

Mrs Pearson says that providing an accurate and consistent record-keeping program for all members will help the breed achieve consistent profitability and marketability. It will also use the increased data collection to set future breed objectives.

“We place real value in establishing a relationship that connects what we do directly with breed society members and enables us to ensure our services align with their objectives for the national herd.”

“The benefits of Brangus are well known throughout the industry but having quality data sets across all members means we can clearly identify the strengths of Brangus cattle to the broader industry. It will enable us to continue to improve opportunities within the industry for our breeders.” “We will analyse the data and use the results to help set the direction of our marketing,” says Ms Pearson.

“Practical Systems is a trusted provider for Brangus Australia, and we look forward to this partnership strengthening.”

For further information regarding Practical Systems’ livestock management products and services, please contact Practical Systems on 1800 624 688 or view our website – www.practicalsystems.com.au

About Practical Systems

With a proud history dating back to 1992, Practical Systems has been in the business of supporting regional enterprise and livestock producers for more than 25 years. We were the first to provide comprehensive farm operational management solutions, and we continue to learn from that experience to provide you with authoritative and credible livestock and business intelligence.

About Brangus Australia

The ABCA has been dedicated to representing the interest of stud and commercial Brangus breeders since 1963. Brangus Australia assists Members to promote, market and advance their Brangus herds by providing a large range of services. Brangus Australia liaises with peak industry bodies to continue the development of the breed domestically and internationally.

Media Contacts

Practical Systems Limited:
Francis Waddell
Marketing Manager
M: 0429 148 321
E: francis@practicalsystems.com.au

Brangus Australia:
Tessa Pearson
CEO
M: 0437 986 081
E: tessa@brangus.com.au

Stockbook boosts livestock management potential for Droughtmaster producers

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Stockbook boosts livestock management potential for Droughtmaster producers

Advanced livestock management has become the focus of a new partnership between Droughtmaster Australia and Practical Systems.

For more than 25 years, Practical Systems has offered innovative data solutions for livestock, financial and farm management, including premier livestock management software Stockbook.

Simon Gleeson, the CEO of Droughtmaster Australia says the partnership will ensure their members will have access to some of the most advanced livestock data management systems in the country.

“Stockbook enables our members to collect and view data on their animals in real-time and it also interfaces with the ABRI System and DNA laboratory providers,” Mr Gleeson said.

“Furthermore, this software allows for electronic data transfer between our members and the Society Office, which will lead to creating efficiencies in the processing of registrations and DNA.”

Stockbook features an embedded Live Entry yards module and a mobile application, offering livestock producers the ability to collect, view and manage animal data in real-time.

Practical Systems CEO Peter Rasmussen says he’s delighted that Droughtmaster Australia can now tailor their management systems to address what’s important to their breed and business.

“We place real value in establishing a relationship that connects what we do directly with breed society members and enables us to tailor our services to those members in alignment with the society’s objectives for the breed’s national herd,” he said.

“We’re excited about the level of herd performance management and analysis Droughtmaster can enjoy with the Stockbook program. We’ve enjoyed a long history of being a trusted service provider to the livestock industry and to ensure that continues, it’s critical to help improve the performance and economic viability of the national herd and individual producer operations.”

Mr Rasmussen says the company provides technology solutions and advice that enables producers to convert raw data into actionable decisions, benefiting their business. The understanding of the specific breed objectives is critical to how they tailor their systems.

“Practical Systems is supporting Droughtmaster Australia’s breed objectives with intelligence that provides tangible decision-making support to improve the performance of their key asset – livestock in the paddock,” he said.

Practical Systems provides four levels of Stockbook program to match the size of beef operations, with a free 30 day trial available. The software can import data from weigh scales or live entry, it’s NLIS compliant, supplies a pedigree printout and can manage embryo and semen inventories. It can also import EBVs/ASBVs and manage Breed Society registration requirements.

Droughtmaster members Steven and Claire Farmer are stud breeders from Mt Elsa, Canoona in Queensland and have found the ‘real time’ data collection abilities of the software a real attribute to their business.

“We are very impressed with the up-to-date technology of how Stockbook works best to complement our business,” the Farmers said.

“The on-property visit and phone support has been exceptional and the transfer over of many years of cattle data collected, including DNA, measured traits for BREEDPLAN, and calving history, just to name a few, has been greatly simplified with the help from their support staff.”

The Farmers also said the benefits of being able to collect and send data immediately whilst in the yards has saved them time in the office.

“Being able to sync data to other computers has allowed us to be anywhere at any time able to access this data,” Mr Farmer said.

The Droughtmaster Society said aspects of the Stockbook program that was appealing to the breed’s members was the ability to tailor the performance measures important in their breeding and business objectives. Importantly, the software is attainable at various levels depending on the size of the business and user support is easily accessible.

“This partnership is an excellent fit for Droughtmaster Australia. As outlined in our Strategic Plan and as part of the evolution of our Society, embracing technology and delivering more efficient services is essential and we feel Practical Systems offers this to our membership via their cattle management software, Stockbook,” Mr Gleeson said.

“As with all our partnerships, we encourage our members to get behind and support Practical Systems, they have over been in operation for over 25 years and have a highly experienced team in agriculture and business.”  

For further information regarding Practical Systems and our livestock management products and services, please contact Practical Systems on 1800 624 688 or view our website – www.practicalsystems.com.au

About Practical Systems
With a proud history dating back to 1992, Practical Systems has been in the business of supporting regional enterprise and livestock producers for more than 25 years. We were the first to provide comprehensive farm operational management solutions, and we continue to learn from that experience to provide you with authoritative and credible business intelligence.

About Droughtmaster Australia
The Droughtmaster breed has a proud history dating back to the early 1930s with the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders’ Society founded in 1962. Droughtmaster cattle are a Queensland icon and were specifically developed to suit the Australian environment by a group of progressive cattlemen led by Monty Atkinson. Droughtmaster Australia was established to promote, develop and protect the breed and the brand, identify activities that will further increase breed participation.

 

Media Contacts

Practical Systems Limited:
Francis Waddell
Marketing Manager
M: 0429 148 321
E: francis@practicalsystems.com.au
www.practicalsystems.com.au

Droughtmaster Association
Ali Bull
Marketing & Events Manager
P: 07 3281 0056
E: ali@droughtmaster.com.au
www.droughtmaster.com.au

Practical Systems and the Australian Wagyu Association are committed to focusing on genetic improvement for Wagyu.

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Practical Systems and the Australian Wagyu Association are committed to focusing on genetic improvement for Wagyu.

Practical Systems of Armidale, New South Wales, served regional Australia as a trusted provider of livestock management technology solutions for more than 25 years.  

Australian Wagyu Association maintains the largest registry of Wagyu cattle outside of Japan and is the peak industry organisation representing producers’ interests across the country.

Today, we are pleased to announce our renewed market partnership between our organisations.

Our relationship aims to continue the support of AWA members and the Association to continue increasing the use of technology adoption by Wagyu producers. We know that during the past five years to 2020, the whole AWA database average EBV accuracy has increased by 5%. Our agreement will support promoting the benefits of individual livestock management practice enabled by enriched data collection. Collected data provides the foundation for informed management decisions and facilitates the ready transfer of important genomic data between Neogen Australasia, Zoetis  and Australian Wagyu Association and member producers.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with the Australian Wagyu Association,” says Peter Rasmussen, CEO, Practical Systems Limited. “We look forward to supporting Australian Wagyu Association members in achieving their management and performance objectives in both seedstock and commercial herds. We want to work closely with the Australian Wagyu Association team and the producers to ensure we are adding value to the breed and the industry.”

“Considering the volume of data and new technologies penetrating the market, the onus is now on producers to ensure the accuracy of data and information across the beef sector to embrace and implement these innovative new technologies seamlessly and effectively. The partnership agreement between the Australian Wagyu Association and Practical Systems aims to demystify these technologies, enabling ease of adoption and revolutionising the industry to become more technologically savvy. This then reduces the change of errors due to manual data collection methods and saves time for both association staff and producers submitting their data,” said Peter.

Australian Wagyu Association, CEO, Dr Mathew McDonagh is excited for the year ahead and embracing the renewed partnership with Practical Systems.  

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Practical Systems,” says Matt. “With AWA members now having access to cutting edge DNA testing technology through the use of tissue sampling along with genomically enhanced breeding values, this collaboration with Practical Systems will help with the accuracy of genomic data collection and accuracies in BREEDPLAN EBVs within the Wagyu Industry.

Matt continues, “Managing the genetic potential of Wagyu herds is vital to increasing the quality of Wagyu being produced global market as members can efficiently make management decisions based on data collected.”

For further information regarding Practical Systems and our livestock management products and services, please contact Practical Systems on 1800 624 688 or view our website – www.practicalsystems.com.au

About Practical Systems

With a proud history dating back to 1992, Practical Systems has been in the business of supporting regional enterprise and livestock producers for more than 25 years. We were the first to provide comprehensive farm operational management solutions, and we continue to learn from that experience to provide you with authoritative and credible business intelligence.

 About Australian Wagyu Association

The Association has maintained a continued focus on genetic improvement.  The common base of the global Wagyu population, high levels of genomic testing and performance recording by Association members has enabled the implementation of a global genetic analysis.  Our membership now spans more than 20 countries.

The Australian Wagyu Association is at the forefront of research and development for Wagyu.  Projects such as the introduction of genomic-backed EBVs specifically for Wagyu, delivery of Japanese Prefectural data, BreedObject Selection $Indexes, Sire Progeny Net Feed Intake Program, Crossbred Wagyu Genomics Testing and the MIJ Objective Carcase Measurement, have all contributed in the past decade to enhance of the value of Wagyu.

Media Contacts

Practical Systems Limited:
Francis Waddell
Marketing Manager
M: 0429 148 321
E: francis@practicalsystems.com.au

Australian Wagyu Association
Deborah Andrich
Marketing and Communications Manager
P: 0400 855 040
E: deb@wagyu.org.au

Practical Systems and Herefords Australia announce market partnership.

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Practical Systems and Herefords Australia announce market partnership.

Practical Systems and Herefords Australia announce market partnership.

Practical Systems of Armidale, New South Wales has served regional Australia as a trusted provider of livestock management technology solutions for more than 25 years.  

Herefords Australia Limited is the peak industry organisation representing the interests of Hereford producers across the country.

Today, we are pleased to announce a market partnership between these two great livestock industry organisations.

The relationship aims to support the next wave of best-practice, digital technology adoption by Hereford producers. The agreement will support promoting the benefits of individual livestock management practices enabled by enriched data collection. Collecting relevant data from our livestock provides the foundation for better informed management decisions. It also facilitates ready transfer of important genomic data between Neogen Australia, Herefords Australia and member producers.

“We are delighted to announce this Partnership with Herefords Australia,” says Peter Rasmussen, CEO, Practical Systems Limited.

“We look forward to supporting Herefords Australia members in achieving their management and performance objectives in both seedstock and commercial herds. We want to work closely with the team at Herefords Australia and the producers to ensure we are adding value to the breed and the industry.”

Andrew Donoghue, the General Manager of Herefords Australia has embraced this partnership agreement.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Practical Systems,” says Andrew.

“It means that Hereford Australia members now have access to cutting edge DNA testing technology through the use of tissue sampling along with genomically enhanced breeding values. This collaboration with Practical Systems will help with the accuracy of genomic data collection and accuracies in BREEDPLAN EBV’s within the Hereford breed.”

“Fully utilising herd recording software such as Stockbook integrated with weigh scales, and electronic tag readers allow fast, efficient, and accurate recording of all weights, traits and DNA information associated with breeding Hereford cattle. DNA tests can now be requested using Stockbook. This process allows our members to easily select the animals to be tested, along with the required DNA tests. Using the DNA test request function in the software prevents errors from manually recording of livestock ids and tests. We hope to pave the way to tackle industry challenges such as these into the future.”     

Peter and Deanne Sykes of Mawarra Genetics are both Practical Systems Limited clients and members of Herefords Australia.

“We have been using Practical Systems Stockbook program for our animal record keeping since 2001,” says Deanne.

“All of the data submissions that Herefords Australia and Hereford BREEDPLAN require are exported directly from Stockbook. The addition of a Stockbook touch screen indicator (TSI) has enabled us to collect data at the cattle yards directly into the software. This practice minimises the risk of error, increasing the accuracy of the data and the efficiency of the process by reducing the data entry time.”

“The team at Practical Systems offer excellent support; their staff are approachable, knowledgeable and keen to assist us to make the best use of the program’s capabilities which then overall assist us in making better management decisions within our herd.”  

Practical Systems highlight the sheer volume of data and new technologies penetrating the agricultural  market, and say the onus is now on the producers within the beef industry to ensure the accuracy of data and information across the sector.

“Producers need to embrace and implement these innovative new technologies seamlessly and effectively,” says Peter.

“The partnership agreement between Herefords Australia and Practical Systems aims to demystify these technologies, enabling ease of adoption and revolutionising the industry to become more technologically savvy. This then reduces the change of errors due to manual data collection methods and saves time for both association staff and producers submitting their data.”

For further information regarding Practical Systems and our livestock management products and services, please contact Practical Systems on 1800 624 688 or view our website – www.practicalsystems.com.au

About Practical Systems
With a proud history dating back to 1992, Practical Systems has been in the business of supporting regional enterprise and livestock producers for more than 25 years. We were the first to provide comprehensive farm operational management solutions, and we continue to learn from that experience to provide you with authoritative and credible business intelligence.

About Herefords Australia
Herefords Australia Limited, a not-for-profit organisation, represents the interests of stud and commercial Hereford breeders nationally. Herefords Australia provides a range of services to its Members to promote and enhance the development of the Hereford breed nationally and
internationally.

Media Contacts

Practical Systems Limited:
Francis Waddell
Marketing Manager
M: 0429 148 321
E: francis@practicalsystems.com.au

Herefords Australia Limited:
Rowan McNaught
Member Services & Communications
P: 02 6772 1399
E: rmcnaught@herefordsaustralia.com.au

Livestock Management Software Training: Queensland

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Queensland Training

Our customers are at the heart of our business. We operate in an increasingly global market, but we continue to value our roots and remember to serve our clients’ needs.

We aim to create a customer experience that ensures that our systems, services, advice and support add direct value to their efforts. We understand that our customers have lots of demands on their time so we aim to make sure that dealing with us is easy, trouble-free and integrated to how they do their daily work. If problems arise, we aim to fix them straight away.

Our Stockbook consultant, Rob Powell, is out and about providing training to clients throughout Queensland.  

Macquarie Wagyu is proud of its hard-earned reputation as the ‘Artisans’ of the long feed, lot feeding of ‘the Wagyu’! They have been proudly using Stockbook for many years. 

Additionally, at this time, responding to the current COVID-19 situation and various government directives, Practical Systems is always adhering to all public health directions whilst we support our customers.

To arrange your next training session contact us on 1800 624 688 or email sales@practicalsystems.com.au 

AgTech adoption rebate for SA livestock producers

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You can access a rebate of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) to use towards implementing priorities identified in your Adoption Plan.

As part of the Government of South Australia’s $7.5 million Red Meat and Wool Growth Program, the Livestock Agtech Adoption Rebate will provide livestock producers with a rebate to help adopt technology, enabling productivity and efficiency gains in their enterprises.

To be eligible for the Rebate, producers need to have participated in a Livestock Enterprise Planning session, leading to the development of a ‘Farm AgTech Adoption Plan’. Only the costs associated with implementing technologies that have been identified as high priority actions in this Adoption Plan will be eligible for funding.

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