What was the situation?
Radfords & Sons was established in 1946 and has been managed by Rob Radford for the last 20 years after taking over from his father.
The operation turns over approximately $24 million per year and processes approximately 60,000 cattle and 100,000 sheep and lambs on an annual basis. It is one of the few holders of an organic meat license in Australia.
When speaking on the industry, Rob Radford points to the massive rationalization that has occurred over the last 5 to 10 years that has in turn required operations like Radfords to adopt best practice processes to stay viable.
Implementing InformationLeader therefore was seen as a significant tool to further enhance the performance management at Radfords.
Information Leader was developed by Theta Technologies to provide an electronic solution to the capturing, relaying, and reporting of data.
Why is this a significant change?
Rob points to the success the middle management team has had in cutting down a lot of valuable time in filling out the required paperwork.
“The technology has made their lives a lot easier. Whereas before there was a lot of writing, now they use web tablets for data recording which then goes directly into the QA computer. It means that these guys can do other jobs, in other areas of the plant more likely to make money such as looking at running costs or new markets for product,” Rob said.
What does the future now look like?
The next stage for InformationLeader at the Radfords site is to move into the maintenance area and also to be used in the new boning room for stock take and value-adding on boning products.
With Rob’s middle management team now able to devote increased time and energy into developing other business opportunities for the enterprise, further areas of adoption for InformationLeader are hoped within the near future.