Foreign farmers weighing their cattle are getting help from a New Zealand Web site.
Auckland-based farm products maker Tru-Test (www.tru-test.co.nz) is supplying updates of its weighing software over the Net following work by Auckland University student Robert Paxton.
The software, which is used to tell farmers the best time to sell or slaughter their stock, is embedded in a computer-linked display made by Tru-Test and is attached to the load bars under the scales.
Previously Tru-Test would email the data that updates the software, but work by Paxton means this updating can now happen automatically over the Internet. His efforts mean systems can be tested much quicker, says Tru-Test software engineer John Spray.