Farmer group to hear from satellite grass measuring company

The South Tipperary Young Farmers Discussion Group will host an online talk from an Australia-based company that specialises in remote grass measuring by satellite.

A representative of the company, Pasture.io, will address the discussion group in a meeting over the Zoom web conferencing platform this evening (Friday, February 12). The meeting begins at 8:00pm.

Pasture.io was started in 2005 by Australian dairy farmer Ollie Roberts in Tasmania, who worked with other dairy farmers in developing a pasture management system.

After that, pilot farmers were selected for trials to test the early developments of the technology, based on their different styles of pasture management.

The feedback collected from these trials was then used in the production of an application “to suit many needs”, according to the Pasture.io website.

The application was first released in 2016, and since then has undergone a number of enhancements, including the use of satellites in mapping and measuring pastures.

According to Roberts, the application allows farmers to “save time and mental fatigue, which frees you up for other important decisions on-farm”.

He says that the company is continuing to develop and plan other improvements to the technology.

The Zoom meeting can be accessed through the ‘South Tipp young farmers discussion group’ page on Facebook.