Technologies in rural belts have always played a very important and significant role to bring better yield and productivity to the farm. Among the most popular technologies precision agriculture was very well played by the cropping sector. This time livestock producers have lean to extract profitability to using precision agriculture in their process.
On a context to this , The University of New England’s, popular named SMART farm has be set up to showcase the latest on-site technologies that aim to improve productivity, environmental sustainability and safety on Australian farms.
One of the trials showcased at the Northern Tableland Local Land Services Livestock Innovation Forum looked at how optical sensor technology could improve the way farmers measure and manage their pastures.
The handheld pasture sensor measures the colour of the groundcover and amount of biomass on the ground.That data is then translated into information farmers can use to work out stocking rates.
UNE precision agriculture lecturer Mark Trotter said the aim was to create a quick and accurate way of measuring pasture.
Knowing how much grass you have available is a critical bit of information if you’re trying to manage your stocking rates to increase productivity."Knowing how much grass you have available is a critical bit of information if you’re trying to manage your stocking rates to increase productivity," Mr Trotter said."So there are many management decisions based around how much feed there is in a paddock in terms of putting pregnant ewes into a paddock or maintaining a minimum amount of residual feed.