- Animal Health & Welfare
- Breeding & Genetics
- Business Management
- Grassland Management
- People Management
Electronic Plate Meter
The electronic plate meter works on exactly the same principle as a mechanical plate meter; the plate rises up and down the shaft taking measurements. The electronic plate meter does the calculations for you, after you have walked the field and done 50 'plonks' you press cover and it displays the field's cover. This model comes with preset factory calculations, but these can be changed if you wish.
The plate meter enables you to measure grass so that you enter cows at the correct cover and they leave at the correct residual. From that you are then able to calculate the weekly growth rates and combining this with the plotting of a grass wedge allowing you to budget grass accurately to gain maximum utilisation.
The key target is achieving a post grazing residual of 1500 kg DM/ha. This maintains good regrowth and quality in the next grazing round, so the easier it is for cows to graze to 1500kg DM/ha the better. For cows that are not aggressive grazers such as cows receiving supplementation it maybe better to enter these cows at a lower cover of around 2600 kg DM/ha which will enable them to achieve the required residual as opposed to the aggressive grazing animals of a solely grass based system which should be able to graze from 3000 kg DM/ha to 1500 kg DM/ha relatively easily.