Get pasture measurements sent directly to you with the SPACE™ (Satellite Pasture and Cover Evaluation) service from LIC.

Good pasture management is vital to maximising your farm’s productivity and profitability, but current measurement tools aren’t always adequate. They can be time-consuming and results can vary depending on who’s doing the measuring.

That’s why we’ve created SPACE™ service – a New Zealand first for pasture measurement. You get detailed pasture data, from images taken by satellites, emailed directly to you. So you don’t have to do the hard yards.

  • Time saving – measure your pasture without walking the farm
  • Convenient – get pasture data emailed directly to you
  • Objective – carry out measurements using one, repeatable method
  • Integrated – upload pasture data automatically to MINDA Land & Feed

How the SPACE™ service works

Satellites currently pass over New Zealand daily. Once you’re signed up to the SPACE™ service, we will start receiving images of your farm from the satellites. When the weather allows a clear image to be taken, it is analysed, and a detailed pasture data report will be sent to you the next day.

It’s a game-changer for pasture management, utilising an algorithm developed by LIC scientists to estimate pasture cover for New Zealand farmers.

The SPACE™ report includes:

  • an image of your farm which presents pasture cover variation by colour, showing differences across the farm and within each paddock
  • a detailed feed wedge; and
  • the latest paddock ranking and estimated dry matter per hectare (kgDM/ha) for each


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Weather conditions and frequency of reports

As with most pasture measurement systems, limitations based on weather conditions are to be expected.

New Zealand is called the land of the long white cloud for a reason, and cloud can restrict the satellite’s ability to capture a clear image of your farm. We’ve countered this by gaining access to daily satellites images but as weather changes, so will the frequency of your reports.

Based on what we know about New Zealand’s climate and weather conditions, we estimate you are likely to receive a report every 7 to 10 days, even in winter. 

FarmWise endorsed

FarmWise have reviewed the SPACE™ service and endorse the use of it to obtain pasture measurement data.  FarmWise are specialists in helping you optimise pasture and farm resources.

If you would like to discuss how to use the measurement data to achieve pasture optimisation talk with a FarmWise Consultant. 

Availability and limited release offer

The SPACE™ service is currently available on a limited release within the areas highlighted in the map image below.

When SPACE™ is available in new areas, we offer a free trial period so you can assess the benefits of the product without being charged. Free trial periods are available to farms located within the areas highlighted in the map image.

Our scientists are working on getting more regions set up to use the SPACE™ service.

Register your interest and we’ll set you up in advance, so you can make the most of the free trial in your area when it becomes available.  

Limited release areas

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SPACE™ Prices

The SPACE™ service is an annual subscription which is charged monthly and calculated on farm size.

Farm size (ha)

Price (per annum)

Farm size (ha) <100

Price (per annum) $2000

Farm size (ha) 100-150

Price (per annum) $2250

Farm size (ha) 151-200

Price (per annum) $2500

Farm size (ha) 201-300

Price (per annum) $2750

Farm size (ha) 301-400

Price (per annum) $3000

Farm size (ha) 401+

Price (per annum) $3000 + $1.00/ha

Register your interest for SPACE™

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Disclaimer: The LIC pasture evaluation service, SPACE™, assists you to estimate the amount of dry matter on the mapped paddocks on your farm.  LIC will use its best endeavours to ensure that the results in SPACE™ reports are as accurate as possible.  The SPACE™ service relies on information from sources, some of which are not controlled by LIC, and clear images of your farm. Availability of clear images is affected by weather conditions.  There is an expectation that a clear image will be available every 7-10 days.  The calculations in SPACE™reports are based on standard farm pasture grasses grown in standard farm conditions.  Uncommon grasses or non-grass vegetation, shadowing or localised geographical conditions may affect the dry matter calculation.  The SPACE™ service is supplied to you subject to the LIC Conditions and Service Rules.

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Get detailed pasture data from SPACE™

Register your interest

We'll contact you when the trial is available in your area.

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Get detailed pasture data from SPACE™

Register your interest

We'll contact you when the trial is available in your area.