May 2017

Welcome especially to all our new clients who have joined us in 2017!

Thanks for choosing Fairport. We'll do our best to help you with your business management.

What's in this newsletter?

    • ROGER'S RAMBLINGS
    • ABOUT THE NEW "MINDMYASSETS"
    • WHAT'S NEW IN PAM IN 2017

 

ROGER'S RAMBLINGS

 

 

While a lot of our clients are burning diesel sowing their winter crops, we have a chance to catch up on some jobs that have been put to one side during the busy first quarter of the year. The year to date has been as busy as ever here and sales have been better this year than the last few. I put that down to the fact that last year was a particularly good season for a lot of Australia.

 

Unfortunately, people in Queensland and Northern Territory are still in the grips of drought. Our best wishes go out to you if you're caught up in that. It's been a tough ride for you folks for a long time.

 

The most significant change for us has been the release of MindMyAssets on April 6th. This is a cloud and mobile application set that is designed to replace MAX. We will migrate MAX data to MindMyAssets for anyone who would like to move their historical records to the new platform. While some of us have been busy with MindMyAssets, the work never stops on PAM. Read more about that later in the newsletter.

 

Overseas interest in PAM & PocketPAM continues. Enquiries come in constantly from countries where we have active distributors and elsewhere. Late last year I traveled to Azerbaijan where our man in the Caucasus region, Simon Appleby, is always busy on one scheme or another to get our products into that region. Jim Geltch, International CEO of Nuffield, recently appointed Simon as the Nuffield Scholarship representative in the Caucasus. We wish him well with that endeavour. We are still working with Saudi Arabia's biggest mixed cropping company, hoping to get some traction with that deal in the next few months.

 

If any clients are in need of some training to fill some knowledge gaps we have over 80 "Getting Started" videos on our website. To find them, click on the "Support" link on the main menu. If you would like even more help than those videos provide, call us and we can arrange one-on-one training with your data, on your computer, over the internet using Team Viewer.

 

Let's hope the rest of 2017 works out well for everyone.

 

 

MIND MY ASSETS 

Helping you get organised!

Keeping track of your machinery, vehicles, stationary motors, boats, motorbikes, windmills, pumps, whatever-you-have ... maintenance schedules, parts lists, serial & vehicle numbers, suppliers, alternate part numbers, running costs... overheads. That's what MindMyAssets is all about.  It is all about helping you get organised and helping you to keep on top of the important business of keeping your valuable assets maintained.

Keeping track of your machinery, vehicles, stationary motors, boats, motorbikes, windmills, pumps, whatever-you-have ... maintenance schedules, parts lists, serial & vehicle numbers, suppliers, alternate part numbers, running costs... overheads. That's what MindMyAssets is all about.  It is all about helping you get organised and helping you to keep on top of the important business of keeping your valuable assets maintained.

 

WHAT'S NEW IN PAM IN 2017

The evolution of PAM started in 1988 ... and it never stops!

    • Food Crop QA Report - Batch Numbers have been added.  This form has been updated so it can be emailed directly from PAM or saved as a PDF for emailing, rather than having to print it to complete and then scan or fax it.  Contract, Seed Supplier and Prepared by are pre-filled in the selection screen and included in the report. 
    • Farm Filter is now active in Budget reports - The Farm Filter now works in the budget section of PAM so you can now do budget reports for one or more farms in the budget. This was requested by clients that were share farming so they could report the cropping detail and consumable requirements for the farm owner. 
    • Quality Assurance Reports - Chemical Application Record Sheet – This report was sped up so now it appears in seconds rather than minutes. 
    • Inventory SOH by Chemical Type Report – This has been added to group chemicals by type (Herbicide, Insecticide, etc.), You can also select which groups you want to include in the report. 
    • Inventory Reconciliation Report – This report has been added to allow clients to produce a reconciliation report with Opening SOH & Value, quantities in and out, and Closing SOH & Value. 
    • Budget Summary report has Growth stages added – This report was added to allow users to produce a working sheet for operators with all operations on a paddock for the season. The report requires the Hide Financials to be ticked in order to show the growth stages. The idea is to have growth stages set up for Pre-Planting, Planting, Post Planting and so on. 
    • IAR Trait Browser – This has been enhanced to allow lifetime traits to be used in calculated fields, i.e. Introduction Date, Birth Weight when calculating a value for a report. 
    • Feedlot - Gross Margin Report for IAR Module – This has been created to allow a Gross Margin to be calculated on each animal in a feedlot from the introduction date until it is sold. It can also be run while the animal is still in the feedlot so you can get a break even cost. 
    • Browse View – Staff & Contractor Work records (All Cropping Tasks) – This was done up to include the cost per unit and number of Items, so in addition to Hours & $ the users can see how many units were in the Labour Record, e.g. number of Bins picked. This will be very useful for vineyards and horticulture. 
    • Cropping Reports – A Farm Filter has been added to these selection screens. This is the same as the main Farm Filter.  It was added to these reports so users can run a report based on crop types and varieties across selected farms without having to exit the report selection screen, changing the Farm Filter and loading the report again. 
    • Livestock Mating Report – added Due Date to the report. 
    • Crop Monitoring – Added the ability to be able to Multi Select crops when doing Crop Monitoring or Pest & Disease or Weed Monitoring. 
    • Soil Test Importing - Includes a Depth field to enable the user to include it when doing a CSV import of soil test results. Also enabled the incoming depth names to be added if they are not in PAM already. Details available here:  http://www.fairport.com.au/en/laboratory-tests-importing-csv-files

    OTHER STUFF

    MindMyAssets replaces MAX! Many MAX users have contacted us over the past few years asking when or if we would be enhancing it. MAX started out in 1991 and has found a place in many workshops around Australia .. from farmers to tour coach operators to small truck fleet operators to crane hire operators to municipal councils. We're very pleased to be able to keep the concept "alive" with Mind My Assets.

    • UNTIL NEXT NEWSLETTER - Best Wishes from the Fairport Team

     

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