Record right, once with PS Stockbook

Nindooinbah’s Nathanael McGhee is a big fan of recording once. Nindooinbah is the home of Australia’s Ultrablack and the next Generation Brangus. As a large-scale seed stock producer with up to 3500 head of stud cattle on 8500 acres south of Brisbane, the stud’s pursuit of continuous genetic improvement requires detailed and accurate information to be collected at all times.

In the yards, Nat uses Practical Systems’ Stockbook TSi 2 to record all weights and treatments. The Stockbook TSi 2 then synchronises with the Agrisphere system ensuring all data, on every device, is completely up-to-date and accessible.

“I’m a big fan of recording it once and PS Stockbook Agrisphere lets us record information in the yards without having to go back to the office and re-process or import,” Nat said.

“Having real time information at the yards allows us to better manage our herd – and gives information to the people who need to make decisions without having to phone the office.

“Agrisphere provides the right level of access to all users of our information.”

Nathan Goulding and Brian Dunn dipping cattle at the Homestead yards, Nindooinbah, while Alice supervises.

   PS Stockhand
   Mobile App

  • Links with livestock management software PS Stockbook to provide access to detailed individual animal information, in an easy-to access app on your phone or tablet.
  • Enter data using a task-based input system that enables you to quickly and easily add animal information whether you are in the yards, in the paddock or anywhere else for that matter.
  • Review animal pedigrees, EBVs or ASBVs and Society Information.
  • Available now for Android and iPhone customers.

    PS Stockbook

  • Enter data at multiple locations simultaneously with all information securely stored in an off-site cloud back up.
  • Report on individual data sets or combine data for group management.
  • All data is encrypted and protected by login names and passwords so you can control the data each individual has access to.
  • Used by leading stud and commercial herd and flock operators throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Nat is one of the first owners of Practical Systems’ brand new StockHand app on Android and iOS, which allows users to update and access detailed individual animal information including weights, treatments, animal pedigrees, EBVs and breed society information wherever they happen to be.

“We are in the process of loading the new StockHand app onto our smartphones. I see this as a really big step forwards for both the software and our business,” Nat said.

Lawson Angus recommended Practical Systems to Nat 12 years ago when Nindooinbah purchased 650 of their PTIC Angus females. Nat uses AI and ET to maximise the genetic potential of his stud, selecting a few, outstanding females with multi-trait excellence to mate with the best sires available.

“PS Stockbook is the only software package that provides the level of detail we need for our embryo programs,” Nat said.“The information is recorded accurately, which also gives us confidence that the data we are submitting to Breedplan is correct.

“We do on-farm research and development trials as well, so PS Stockbook gives us the ability to easily capture and analyse that information.”

Cross referencing EID provides Nindooinbah with data integrity and accuracy not possible with handwritten notes from tags.

“PS Stockbook gives us flexibility to analyse information either in standard reports, user defined reports or exported to use in excel or other applications,” Nat said.

“When clients purchase cattle from us we can use the data transfer utility and have them setup with all the data quickly.

“With PS Stockbook there is less administration, data is collected more accurately and we can make better ‘informed’ decisions: if you can’t measure it you can’t make a good decision.”For more information on Nindooinbah visit For more information on how combining Practical Systems’ Stockbook TSi2 and new StockHand app with PS Stockbook Agrisphere can improve your farming business visit or call 1800 624 688.


Gabbie Wilson, John Bertram and the team from the University of Queensland conducting BBSE semen testing at the Hub Yards, Nindooinbah.

Gabbie Wilson at the controls, at the Hub Yards, Nindooinbah.

PS Stockbook TSi 2

  • Rapid, accurate and automatic weight capture.
  • Use for manual or automatic drafting. Draft by weight, EID number or any other user-defined rule.
  • Easily customise weighing and data recording sessions - automatically collect specific animal ID, traits, activities, notes and life data.
  • Selectively report on individual data sets or combined data for group management purposes.
  • Interact with third parties such as breed societies, NLIS and financial software packages.
  • Secure data transfer, storage and offline synchronisation.
  • Rugged exterior and farm tough, designed for all weather use
  • Bluetooth wireless and port connections.
  • Wifi enabled.

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