Agrinet is organising a number of user meetings in conjunction with experienced Teagasc grassland advisors.

The next and third meeting of the series takes place tonight – Wednesday, July 29 at 8pm in the County Arms Hotel in Birr, Co. Offaly.

The Agrinet software is now in its sixth year and has the ability to link farms via online discussion groups. The software is used extensively in Ireland, the UK, Holland, the US, Australia and New Zealand, according to the company.

Agrinet says that Irish farmers have a very significant competitive advantage on grass. The recent abolition of EU quotas has given an extra incentive to drive for more grass efficiencies on farm.

The company also says that there are number of Irish farmers who are very experienced at entering data but, at the same time, it does take some effort to fully understand the numbers and make the right decisions.

The meetings will show farmers how to use the smartphone software and some of the additional features such as the planner.

The Agrinet team will then look at the main grass system starting with the grass wedge and ending with the autumn grass budget.

Teagasc’s Jim Moyles will also show how using grass measuring data can interlink with profitable farming.

He will also describe the key grass targets that farmers should aim for at different times of the year.

The fourth and fifth meetings will take place in Kerry and Wexford respectively.