From left to right:
Prof. Ian Yule (Massey University); Louise Webster (Ideas Accelerator);
Greig Shearer (C-Dax Ltd)
C-Dax Pasture Meter was at the forefront of the recent New
Zealand Innovators Awards winning the “2011 Innovation in Environment
and Agriculture” category.
The New Zealand Innovators Awards recognise great kiwi innovations,
inventors and organisations that have invested in developing new
products, services and ventures, and their contribution to the growth
and development of the New Zealand economy.
Organised by Bayer New Zealand, Idealog Magazine and Ideas Accelerator,
the annual awards showcase achievements across a broad spectrum of New
Zealand business sectors.
This year’s winners were announced on 20 October, 2011 at an event
hosted at the HP/Intel Winter Garden in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.
C-Dax’s win showcases the company’s collaborative approach to innovative
technology. Teaming up with Massey University’s Dr Rob Murray, Dr
Hayden Lawrence, and Professor Ian Yule, the C-Dax Pasturemeter was
developed to provide an accurate, efficient and flexible solution to
pasture metering. The team developed a pulsing beam of near infra-red
light which enables pasture measurement at speeds of up to 20kph while
taking 200 measurements per second. Software can then calculate feed
wedges and identify where there are shortages or surpluses, and improve
pasture utilisation by up to 15%. Calculated on the 2011dairy payout,
this has the potential to add a 7.1% or just over $46,000 to the average
dairy farm’s income.
To find out more about C-Dax Pasturemeter and what it can do for your
farming operation call 0800 230 230 or visit www.pasturemeter.co.nz.
To find out more about these awards and other winners go to www.innovators.org.nz