A goal of improving efficiency in her farm safety management prompted Victorian grower Kate Cowan to subscribe for Safe Ag Systems.
Their farming operation, in the northern Wimmera, employs three full-time staff and several casuals during the busy seeding and harvest periods. The property is mixed cereal and legume cropping and hay production.
Kate said she previously used a paper-based system for managing documentation on farm but had noticed major efficiency improvements since changing to the online system.
“I found my paper-based system inefficient to update easily,” she said.
“Before Safe Ag Systems I had created our own paper-based system with our policies, procedures, inductions and emergency information, that I had added to frequently over the past 6 years.
“Now, everyone on our farm has unlimited access to all our policies, procedures and emergency information at any time via the app.”
Kate said she attended the Australian Women in Agriculture Conference in Brisbane in 2017 through a scholarship with Rural Bank and Birchip Cropping Group, where she was introduced to Safe Ag Systems.
“I realised this was the direction and the logical next step our business needed to take,” she said.
“We are continuing to create a safer working environment and there have also been efficiencies that have been gained by using the maintenance of machinery inventory section,” she said.