Keep track of ser­vice his­tory

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS - By Rod­ney Woods

A new smart­phone and tablet ap­pli­ca­tion called Farm Ser­vice Man­ager is set to mod­ernise the record­ing of ser­vice and main­te­nance his­tory for farm equip­ment and ve­hi­cles, elim­i­nat­ing the need to keep pa­per records.

Farm Ser­vice Man­ager is the idea of NSW farmer David Ri­cardo and is a multi-user app which logs ser­vices and other main­te­nance for farm plant, equip­ment and ve­hi­cles.

It can be used for all ma­chin­ery, from trac­tors and har­vesters through to planters, cars, trucks and small mo­tors.

Farm Ser­vice Man­ager can also log dif­fer­ent types of ser­vice to each ma­chine, whether that be a full ser­vice by the lo­cal me­chanic or just a quick fix by the farmer, con­trac­tor or their em­ployee.

Along with his brother Peter, David farms 9000 ha, grow­ing wheat, chick­peas, faba beans, canola, bar­ley and dry­land cot­ton un­der a zero-till, con­trolled-traf­fic sys­tem.

He came up with the idea after years of keep­ing note­books and log­books full of ser­vice records for his ma­chin­ery.

‘‘We used to keep a ser­vice log­book in a cen­tral po­si­tion on the farm, but two years ago that book went miss­ing tem­po­rar­ily,’’ David said.

‘‘Dur­ing that time, we missed ser­vices which weren’t fol­lowed up.

‘‘This can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences on the longevity of the ma­chin­ery as well as its re­sale value.

‘‘We have two farms 20 km apart, so there is ma­chin­ery go­ing back and forth be­tween the farms — and as well as my brother and I, we have a team of em­ploy­ees who all need to be on the same page with re­gard to each ma­chine’s main­te­nance and ser­vice record.

‘‘That’s why I thought if we have an app which is an elec­tronic ver­sion of a note­book or ser­vice log­book then the same records can be ac­cessed by every­one for each piece of ma­chin­ery.’’

■ Farm Ser­vice Man­ager is avail­able now from the App Store or Google Play.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at: farm­ser­vice­m­an­

Handy tool . . . David Ri­cardo with the Farm Ser­vice Man­ager app.

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