They purchased a C-DAX pasture meter in August of 2008 with the intention of harnessing even more of their farms potential pasture output. Since then, in an independent cost/benefit analysis Neville and Carlton found that they saved over $5,000 in urea fertiliser application costs through careful pasture and grazing management. C-Dax were made aware of this result through Kelvin Platt of Kaiwaka Suzuki, Kelvin is an advocate for tools, such as the Pasture Meter, that allow farmers to make informed grazing decisions.
Neville and Carlton achieved that outstanding result by accurately identifying feed supply and animal demand and withholding Urea application as all of the pasture cover data collected by the C-Dax Pasture Meter showed that the farm was producing enough feed and, with careful grazing management, the additional growth cause by a urea application would not be needed. This required a leap of faith in the Pasture Meter but that single decision made by Neville and Carton has meant that the pasture meter device has paid for itself already.
Neville also points out future advantages of the Pasture Meter, saying "Other things we have benefitted from is buying in grass silage, we were able to tow the pasture meter through paddocks we were purchasing grass from and get an accurate assessment of how much was there. Also, my herd managers are becoming dependent on the information from the meter to calculate feed requirements for their herds, they are always looking forward to getting the next report."
The team at C-Dax congratulate Neville and Carlton on their outstanding result.