Farmworks helps agriculture move ahead

Feilding-based Farmworks is helping agriculture move into the 21st century with an update of its farm management package and the launch of a handheld computing device for farmers.

Feilding-based Farmworks is helping agriculture move into the 21st century with an update of its farm management package and the launch of a handheld computing device for farmers.

The five-year-old firm, employing five, has released Farmtracker 6 and plans a Palm-type computer for farmers for release this year. Co-owner Chris McFadzean says the software covers farm mapping, stock and paddock recording, feed budgets, cropping and gross margins. A horticultural equivalent, HortTracker, has also been released.

McFadzean, who still farms, says Farmtracker first appeared 15 years ago, using American GPS farm mapping technology, which was subsequently adapted for local use. The latest version of FarmTracker was developed in Delphi by former Massey University feed management student Barry Butler.

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