Internet Based farm ModellingFriday, Jul 7, 2000
I wrote last week on the advent of farm systems modeling becoming available to individual farmers on
Grazing Systems Ltd have today gone public with their site which will enable pastoral farmers to gain
a different perspective on the management of their operations
The site is at http://www.grazingsystems.co.nz and is well worth a visit.
Instead of the normal management approach of projecting the future based on an analysis of the past
this model is based on the energy (grass) produced by the farm being allocated to the best class of
stock to give the best financial return.
I think you will be surprised at the best stocking outcomes for different regions - particularly, the
best use of North Island hill country - sheep on current price relationships and grass growth rate
patterns do not show up well. It could also re-ignite the breeding versus buying arguments of beef
The real strength of this model is that it is specific to the individual farm and enables the farmer
to explore the realities of their particular environment.
Take a look at the site http://www.grazingsystems.co.nz. While based on New Zealand pastoral practice
it is equally as useful in many other regions of the world.
I hope the flooding is receding in those areas that have been battered by the easterly storms and we
revert to the mild winter conditions of a week or two ago.
Contact : email@example.com