[11 January/ The Country]

Livestock Improvement Corporation has announced a giant leap forward for pasture management, a satellite technology called SPACE or Satellite Pasture and Cover Evaluation.  SPACE uses satellite images to measure pasture cover and sends detailed reports to farmers by email, saving farmer’s significant time in checking pasture cover each week.  Such technology has not been commercially viable in the past due to cloud cover, but LIC’s satellite provider takes daily images to counter the problem.  LIC CEO, Wayne McNee, said the product is part of LIC’s ongoing commitment to develop solutions that improve productivity and decision making for farmers, with SPACE enabling them to make better decisions on grazing, fertiliser and feed management.  The system will also integrate with LIC’s MINDA Land & Feed product and will upload data directly to the web based system that farmers are already using.