Various paddock aids are available to assist with assessing pasture, ranging from the MLA Pasture Ruler and the PROGRAZE® stick to commercially available pasture meters:
• Pasture rulers or sticks that measure height and equate to pasture mass – calibrated to read green dry matter when 100% green, and capable of conversion to dry matter, using PROGRAZE information. These aids are simple to use and very cheap.
• Rising plate meters that measure total dry matter – most sophisticated models will store and average readings over a number of paddocks.
• Electronic probes that measure green dry matter – may collect additional manual input, such as phenology descriptors, store and average readings over a number of paddocks and download direct to office computers.
To obtain a free copy of the MLA Pasture Ruler, call 1800 023 100