For a younger generation farmer Lochie Hampel, being proactive in embracing technology saw him as one of the first to sign up for the Safe Ag Systems software.
Lochie, who runs a continuous cropping enterprise with his parents Mark and Skye and younger brothers Blake and Austin, on a 5,800 property 40km east of Loxton, said keeping up with technology was important and helped in embracing safety.
“When we first set it up, I’d just had an ankle injury and had seven weeks off work, so I got the program set up and ready to go,” he said.
“For me, it was just something that had to be done. We have started to be more aware of safety since we implemented the software and are doing things like fencing off dangerous areas.
“Farming is always going to be a fairly dangerous operation but safety will always be a priority for us.”
Lochie said while the program was set up now, it would continue to evolve over time.
“It’s always something that can be added to or changed,” he said.
“All the contractors that have done the induction process say it’s a fairly easy program to use.”