C-Dax pasture meter robot at Fieldays

Tim Sutcliffe and Mitchell Hampton with the C-Dax Pasture Meter robot

Does the future of farming have autonomous robots in our fields? Massey researchers think it does, and they are showcasing the future of farming at the C-Dax stand at National Fieldays.

Massey's Mitchell Hampton and Tim Sutcliffe are showing off the new and improved C-Dax Pasture Meter Robot on the C-Dax stand (F-27).

Currently, pasture metres are towed by people in vehicles, this would see them move autonomously. The robot precisely measures pasture, which saves labour costs, reduces land over-fertilisation, and is also electric, reducing the impact on the environment.

The Massey mechatronics graduates, turned Massey researchers will be working with C-Dax after Fieldays on field trials at Massey University’s farms to develop a commercial model of the robot.

“The application of this is huge,” says Mr Sutcliffe. “Measuring pastures using the pasture meter and towing it yourself uses about six hours a week on average. So if we can get a robot to do that, it will save man hours, fuel and time.

“As researchers at Massey University we have been working on this project for a while now. Working with C-Dax to develop a rugged, high-tech agricultural robot has been a great experience.”

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