Frequently Asked Questions

What’s different about the Platemeters electronic rising pasture plate meter? 

Ease of use - our Platemeter takes away the inconvenience of manually recording pasture measurements and the risk of losing information 

Immediate access to data - our Platemeter gives you infield dry matter metrics, meaning an accurate view of individual paddocks while on farm

Easy and quick data sharing - industry standard feed wedge and pasture ranking reports are emailed to you at the end of the pasture walk so you can share them immediately.  

Availability - our is only the Platemeter that works with both Apple and Android devices 

Time-saving farmer designed features - view and edit individual ‘plonks’ in the paddock so if you make a mistake you don’t have to re-walk the paddock. 

The free App - enables you to look back over prior pasture walks in the App. 

Why are you no longer offering the F-Series Platemeters? 

GPS-it brought the business off Ballance in 2017 under the purchase agreement we were required to discontinue the AgHub brand in 2018.

We conducted a thorough review of the business and engaged with farmers to understand what they wanted out of a Platemeter.

The key findings were…

  • it’s frustrating and time-consuming to record the measurements in the field 
  • users don’t want to go back to the shed and put information into software – they want immediate access in the paddock
  • farmers want the product to be as cost effective as possible and still maintain the reliability they are used to

The cost of the Platemeters has stayed the same for a number of years despite supplier increases, by consolidating the range into one unit meant that we could lower the cost of production while providing the requested functionality upgrades.

What is the cost of the App

It’s completely FREE with no ongoing cost or licensing fees.

Can I use the new Platemeter without the App?

Yes, the Platemeter will operate out of the box and provide dry matter metric for the paddock.

Why should I use it with the App?  

  • It’s free and it easy to use
  • The app removes the need to write any information down
  • automated reporting for each farm walk including the feed wedge and the paddock ranking report
  • You can choose from a number of DairyNZ recommended regional specific dry matter correction factors which will significantly add to the accuracy of your metrics

Can I use the App with my old Platemeter?

Yes – you’ll need to enter the per paddock coverage or dry matter metrics manually into the app and it will give you the ability to share the feed wedge and paddock ranking reports and view the history. 

Can I use the App with another brand of plate meter?

Yes – you’ll need to enter the per paddock coverage or dry matter metrics manually into the app and it will give you the ability to share the feed wedge and paddock ranking reports and view the history. 

Can I send my data to P-Plus?  

Unfortunately, not at the moment, however the app gives you key reporting components similar to P-Plus

Will you continue to support P-Plus? 

Yes - you can still use the F-series meters with P-Plus and Platemeters.co.nz will support that interface 

Where should I go for support? 

www.platemeters.co.nz is the main place you’ll find information and support. You can also call us on 0800 577 505.

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