An Internet-based farm management system developed in New Zealand is helping farmers here and overseas to best manage their land.
Otorohanga-based Grazing Systems launched the site www.grazingsystems.co.nz in July. Co-developer Barry Ridler says the system analyses a combination of pasture, animal numbers, stock performance and prices to reflect how a farmer can best use pasture.
The Pio Pio sheep and beef farmer and former senior lecturer in farm management systems at Massey University developed the system with Hamilton scientist and beef farmer John Rendel. Technology New Zealand gave financial support to the project.
"Previously, farmers have not had direct on-farm access to such a powerful analytical management tool," says Ridler. "It employs a comprehensive programming model to develop an individual livestock grazing system. This aims to maximise profit from increasingly limited resources."
Ridler has used the system himself for five years and developed the program to help farmers cope with changing markets and conflicting advice. "This Internet-based system is an effort to put control of the farm business back in the hands of individual farmers," he says.