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Yield Mapping to Improve Dairy Farm Production
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 051074, 2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.18849) @2005
Authors: Yule, I.J., Lawrence, H.G., and Murray, R.I.
Keywords: Pasture, Pasture measurement, Yield mapping, Precision Agriculture
Pasture management is one of the most important factors in developing a successful dairy
production system in New Zealand. Key performance indicators include the quantity of pasture
grown and how well it is utilized. For a pasture management system to be successful, it requires
accurate pasture measurement and the ability to use the collected information to make decisions at
all management levels. Industry commentators often talk about a ten per cent improvement in
production being possible from improved utilization of pasture. On a national scale a 10%
improvement would result in an increased return of NZ$560M. (US$400M) to dairy farmers.