Gladvale Farms Ltd is a large-scale dairy and crop farming operation milking approximately 4,200 cows across 3,500 acres of milking platform. It is located in Central Southland, New Zealand.
Managing a business of Gladvale’s size requires ensuring it succeeds in all the external elements of the farming industry – stock management, equipment upkeep, operating large workshops – and internal housekeeping, such as compliance, housing, managing staff and payroll.
This can be a large feat when, as in Gladvale’s case, there are 39 staff, five dairy farms and about 10,000 stock units. The business also operates a further four properties totalling 4,800 acres across nine properties located in the Drummond, Oreti, Dipton and Avondale districts.
Striving to be leaders in the industry and taking pride in everything it does, the business is able to optimise the performance of each farm while controlling every aspect of the farming operation. Gladvale Farms constantly sets new targets and evaluates its progress and works hard to maintain high environmental and business standards. It set out to investigate payroll options to make life easier and ensure that internal reporting and management improved, freeing the team to focus energy on other parts of the business.
The PaySauce team is top-notch. You can have fun with them, but they are also so knowledgeable. Any time I have a problem, or want to get something figured out, I just give one of the girls a ring and bang, done.
Mary-Anne Lindsay, office and HR manager, Gladvale Farms
Mary-Anne Lindsay, office and HR manager for Gladvale Farms, says, "We did a lot of shopping around and settled on Xero. It was a very good move. Then we looked at integrating programmes with Xero and settled on two programmes: the Figured Farming app programme, which is extremely good, and PaySauce, because it fits in with Xero and integrates really well. Integration was one of the key factors we were looking for."
"With Xero, the pay is broken down per farm, so costing is to the correct farms. It is a great budgeting tool. The rest is easy. Everything from PaySauce, Xero and Figured Farming comes together so you have a complete report."
"The PaySauce team is top-notch. You can have fun with them, but they are also so knowledgeable. Any time I have a problem, or want to get something figured out, I just give one of the girls a ring and bang, done. The thing I also like is the way PaySauce is developing. I can see quite a big future there. I have been telling every other farmer to get PaySauce. It's so easy. The other thing it does is serve as a tax agent for PAYE, so I don't have to bother anymore. I used to hate doing PAYE reports and they would always ring me about the ESCT (employer superannuation contribution tax) rate and it was always wrong."