Calibration of the C-DAX Rapid Pasturemeter and the rising plate meter for kikuyu-based Northland dairy pastures

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  • G.M. Rennie
  • W.Mcg King
  • M.R. Puha
  • D.E. Dalley
  • R.A. Dynes
  • M.P. Upsdell

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https://doi.org/10.33584/jnzg.2009.71.2779

Abstract

Accurate estimation of pasture mass is essential for managing farm systems for top performance. The C-DAX Rapid Pasturemeter has the potential to provide fast, accurate estimates of pasture mass. However, the Pasturemeter has been calibrated for 'typical' temperate dairy pastures and its suitability for use on kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinium)-based pastures in Northland, is unknown. This study determined the accuracy of the technology for estimation of pasture mass on kikuyu/ryegrass-based dairy pasture on the Northland Agricultural Research Farm at Dargaville, New Zealand. Keywords: pasture mass estimation, kikuyu, Northland, dairy, calibration

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2009-01-01

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