Adapting your farm to climate change
I know you are a busy farmer and you don’t like anyone wasting your time. So I’ll do you a favour and not talk about melting glaciers and rising oceans. I believe you are already aware of all that. If not, it’s true. Instead, I’ll help you look at how climate change can affect your farm and how you might need to adapt. I will also show you practical ways to buffer heat stress, drought and water logging in your farm. I will tell you everything you to know about gaining a competitive advantage by designing a resilient farm that can adapt to climate change.
27 April 2020
How to prevent heat stress in your animals
Climate change, more frequent heatwaves and longer summers mean one thing. Your farm animals are now more prone to heat stress. Heat stress reduces milk production significantly. It also reduces in-calf rates and increases mortality rates. I will show you practical ways to prevent heat stress in your animals. I will also tell you how to do this without taking too much time, effort and investment. I will tell you everything you to know about how you can gain a competitive advantage by designing a resilient farm that prevents heat stress in your animals.
24 April 2020
2020 Fonterra Dairy Share Farmer Winner
In these crazy times of COVID-19, we now have many events live-streamed online. The announcement of the 2020 Fonterra Dairy Share Farmer of the year award was no different. This method of communication meant we could dial into watch from the comfort of our couch, dairy shed, or wherever comfort may be for you and watch as Genaro and Rosselyn took out the acclaimed reward. This article will dive into a few magic pieces that the winners executed to reach their success.
29 April 2020
A practical guide to design shelterbelts on your farm
You already know that shelterbelts can help you improve the health of your animals and improve yields. You may also know that shelterbelts can help you reduce heat stress, prevent waterlogging and minimize fire risks. But how do you go about designing a shelterbelt? Where do you locate it? How many shelterbelts should you have? Which species do you use? How do you maintain them? I know how daunting this can be. In this guide, I will simplify the key shelterbelt design points to help you create and maintain your shelterbelts.
16 April 2020
Why you need trees and shelterbelts on your farm
Shelterbelts (also known as windbreaks) are two or more rows of trees and shrubs. They can offer your farm several advantages. If you are interested in improving the health of your animals, increasing productivity and managing farm risks, you will love this article. I also tell you how shelterbelts can help you prevent waterlogging, fire outbreaks and pest attacks. I will tell you everything you to know about how tree shelterbelts can give your farm a competitive advantage.
14 April 2020
Managing yourself, employees and your farm amidst the COVID-19 crisis
As of date, there are now more than 1,000,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world and this virus has a fatality rate currently hovering around the 4% mark. This is serious. You probably have already taken measures to keep yourself, your loved ones and your employees safe. Please continue to do so. In addition to this, here are a few useful tips to help you manage yourself, your employees, and your farm during the COVID-19 crisis.
9 April 2020
Managing your beef, cattle, dairy or sheep farm during a drought
As a progressive farmer, you are looking to be profitable, always. However, during drought, fodder prices increase, beef prices might fall, and you run a higher chance of your animals falling sick. You cannot operate your farm business as usual. You need to make changes, fast. And you need to come up with a drought management plan. I will share a few strategies that might help you navigate drought.
8 April 2020
How to improve biosecurity measures on your farm
If you are concerned about improving your farm’s biosecurity measures, you should read this article. I will tell you everything you need to know about biosecurity. Biosecurity is all the measures you take to protect your farm from external pests, weeds and diseases. Most of it is just common sense. I will share a few pointers to help you can take specific measures to protect your animals and farm from significant disasters, outbreaks or problems.
1 April 2020
Our COVID-19 Response For Your Farm
Our COVID-19 Response: The food chain begins behind the farm gate on your farm. Your admirable farm is where we have a moral duty in providing a service that is free to use. Not only that, a service where we provide you with free support at the touch of a button within the app so you can make the best out of the program. We are also offering to deliver a free digital and PDF map that you can print out at any desirable size. Furthermore, farmers such as yourself rely on consultants for all sorts of advice. The free plan now allows you to add your farm consultant to your account at Pasture.io.
25 March 2020
Choosing ryegrass cultivars based on forage value index (FVI) ratings
As a progressive farmer you want to manage a healthy, high-quality pasture. A healthy ryegrass pasture can improve your farm’s productivity and help you earn better profits. However, you do not know which perennial ryegrass cultivar might work best for you. This is where forage value index (FVI) can help you, especially, if you are located in southeast Australia. In this article, I tell you everything you need to know about FVI and how you can use it to select the best ryegrass cultivar for your season and growing region.
18 March 2020
Diseases, Pests & Weeds
A guide to identifying and managing pests in your pasture
As a progressive farmer you want to manage a healthy, high-quality pasture. This can improve your farm’s productivity and help you earn better profits. However, pests can stand in your way. Stop worrying about pests and start learning about them. In this article, I tell about five important pests that you should know about. I also tell you how you could deal with them.
11 March 2020
Diseases, Pests & Weeds
A guide to identifying and managing diseases in your lucerne pasture
Lucerne is a highly nutritious, protein rich forage crop that also fixes nitrogen. It can help a progressive farmer like you in many ways. More importantly, it can help you improve livestock health as well as earn better profits. However, it is susceptible to a few diseases. If you manage (or plan to have) a lucerne pasture, you should read this article. It talks about important diseases that can affect your pasture and reduce yields. It also talks about how you can manage a healthy lucerne pasture.
4 March 2020
Diseases, Pests & Weeds
A guide to identifying and managing diseases in your clover pasture
Clover is a highly nutritious forage crop that also fixes nitrogen and prevents soil erosion. It can help a progressive farmer such as you in many ways. More importantly, it can help you improve livestock health as well as earn better profits. However, it is susceptible to a few diseases. If you manage (or plan to have) a clover pasture, you should read this article. It talks about important diseases that can affect your pasture and reduce yields. It also talks about how you can manage a healthy clover pasture.
26 Feb 2020
Everything you need to know for managing a ryegrass pasture
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. In this article I tell you everything you need to know about managing a low risk, high yield pasture species like ryegrass. Read this article to find out why you should choose ryegrass, which species you should choose, how to manage your grazing plans and improve your profits.
19 Feb 2020
Increase your pasture utilisation and make thousands of dollars every year
Increase your pasture utilisation and make thousands of dollars every year
12 Feb 2020
Farm Management Apps
Useful pasture grazing apps to help you earn better farm profits
Are you in search of the right grazing app? Stop everything you are doing and read this. As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need accurate pasture data to make effective grazing decisions frequently. In this article, I will tell you all about the different apps you can use to make your job easier. And help you find the right one for you.
5 Feb 2020
Why you should attend the Australian Dairy Conference (ADC2020)
The Australian Dairy Conference held at the Pullman Hotel, Melbourne in February of 2020 is set to be a ripper. There are close to 500 tickets sold with a large proportion of dairy farmers excited to get in on all the action. Are you interested in attending the AUstralian Dairy Conference, or perhaps are attending and are looking for more information? Look no further, as we give you a perspective on ADC2020 not to miss!
29 Jan 2020
The Hierarchy of Pasture Measurement Tools
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. Are you feeling lost among all the different tools to measure and monitor your pasture? Looking for resources to understand what you need? Read this article to understand what the right pasture measurement tool is for you.
22 Jan 2020
Are drones the right tool to help you measure your pasture?
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. Are you considering using drones to measure and monitor your pasture? Looking for resources to understand what you need? Read this article to understand what drones are good at and what they’re not suited for. Find out if it’s right for you.
15 Jan 2020
Farm Management Apps
Everything you need to know about using Agrinet.ie Grass
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. Should you use popular grassland budgeting software such as Agrinet Grass? You might have heard about AgriNet. Maybe, you are even considering investing in it. Read on, and find out what AgriNet Grass has to offer you. Also, find out if other alternatives might be a better choice for you.
8 January 2020
Should you use Pastures from Space in 2020?
As a progressive livestock farmer, you already know how measuring your pasture growth automatically using satellite-based technology can help you earn better profits. Congrats! You are already ahead of the game. But we are in 2020, the start of a new decade. Technology has progressed in leaps and bounds. Today, should you consider using an app like Pastures from Space to measure your pasture growth automatically? Or do you have other better options? Read on as we dive deep into the details and help you find out what’s your best bet.
1 January 2020
The pros and cons of using a C-Dax pasture meter
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. So, you will need to find a way to measure pasture growth because what gets measured gets managed. You know that RPM is not the tool for you. Could the C-Dax pasture meter work well for you? What are the pros and cons of using C-Dax? Read on to get all your questions answered.
24 December 2019
LIC Space or Pasture.io?
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits. You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. Today, one of the best ways to measure pasture growth automatically is to use satellite technology. Read this article to understand what LIC Space and Pasture.io – 2 leading automatic satellite-based pasture growth measurement services can offer you. And find out which is a better choice for you.
18 December 2019
Why You Should Give Customer Feedback
Practising lean principles and specifically lean startup principles in the case of Pasture.io is key to developing sustainable outcomes for our company and importantly for our customers. Feedback is perhaps the essential aspect of practising lean startup principles with the build-measure-learn feedback loop being an integral part of our strategy. As a company, we encourage as much feedback as you care to share with us kindly. Read on to find out how valuable your feedback is to create a service that solves your problems.
11 December 2019
Three Amazing Warm Season Grasses
Summer is here! Have you reseeded your soil with warm-season grass, yet? If you have - you’ll be getting heaps of benefits out of it. Check out and see our three amazing warm-season grasses: Paspalum, Rhodes Grass and Consol lovegrass. If you have planted any of these - this is your chance to see what they’re all about and how they’re helping your soil, pasture, cattle and dairy farm. Not as popular or common as Bermuda grass and crabgrass, they’re still in high demand and working wonders for dairy farmers all over the world.
4 December 2019
Q&A Session on Pasture.io’s Evolution with CEO and Founder Ollie Roberts
An on-farm need for making better management decisions was just the start of the Pasture.io story. This story first started on Ollie Roberts' family dairy farm back in 2005. Since then, Ollie has devoted his time to empowering fellow farmers with a platform that can support highly profitable decisions from day to day farming practices. The ethos runs high in the company with the entire Pasture.io team putting their best foot forward in delivering value through innovative means. Read on more to get an understanding of Pasture.io's evolution to date.
27 November 2019
Why you should stop using a rising plate meter
As a progressive livestock farmer, you are always finding ways to improve livestock health and profits.You can achieve both by ensuring that your livestock gets enough quality pasture to eat. To do this, you will need to make effective grazing decisions frequently. So, you will need to find a way to measure pasture growth because what gets measured gets managed. Rising plate meters are the simplest way to measure pasture growth. However, is it the right tool for you? Is it actually cheap? Is there a better alternative? Read on to get all your questions answered.
20 November 2019
How to Manage Your Pasture By Seasons
Having the same pasture management plan throughout the year isn’t going to be a good thing. You need to consider each season’s opportunities and disadvantages. You need to take advantage of the opportunities and know how to avoid the disadvantages from hurting your pasture, business and profit. Make sure to do intense rotational grazing during spring, don’t overgraze during summer and take a complete break from grazing during winter! We have much more information about how to best manage your pasture during each season!
13 November 2019
How to Keep Your Dairy Farm Biosecure
Have you heard about farm biosecurity measures? We hope so! And we hope you are already applying several methods that are keeping your dairy farm, cattle, feed and pasture protected and safe. It’s mandatory in order to keep pests, weeds and diseases away from your farm and animals. Diseases can be a threat to your cows, milk production, farm profit and even consumers. Farm biosecurity is affordable to implement and more than beneficial. Read more about it and get on it today!
6 November 2019
How to Best Manage Your Cow Manure and Dairy Effluent
Your cow manure might be one of the wealthiest resources you have on your dairy farm. If you haven’t figured that one out by now - it’s high time you do. Stored and utilised appropriately for the uniqueness of your farm and unique needs - manure can be turned into gold. Add some extra fertilisation to your pasture by doing appropriate grazing management and make sure to test your soil before applying large quantities of cow manure.
30 October 2019
How Do Remote Pasture Measuring Tools Work Exactly?
So, you’ve heard about pasture management tools? Want to know how they work exactly? Let us tell you all about NDVI and remote sensors, satellite imagery, weather data, farm records and machine learning environments. All part of a highly-apt pasture management tool. Don’t be fooled when it comes to deciding on such a tool and make the best-informed decision! How? By knowing what makes a pasture management tool great and what makes it not so great!
23 October 2019
Why You Too Should Become a Dairy Farmer
Are you tired of city life and dreaming of farm life? It's not so farfetched! The business of dairy farming is a business like any other – with struggles and profits! E-commerce businesses, cafes or production businesses differ in no way to dairy farming. Milk is in constant demand worldwide, and dairy farmers live a healthier, more connected life than people in the city. With internet access everywhere and excellent facilities in the countryside, dairy farming is more of an accessible and advantageous reality than ever!
16 October 2019
Why You Should Consider Pasture Reseeding For Your Cattle
Sometimes old pasture can't do it anymore for you and your farms/cows' needs. The only solution then is – pasture renovation. It's not as dreadful as it might sound – although it has its cost in terms of money and time. Yet, the benefits you will reap far outweigh the investment. Fresh reseeded pasture can significantly raise your dairy farm's milk production – 8% per ha, more precisely. Make sure to take a soil sample and do a soil test before reseeding and practice proper pasture management afterwards.
16 October 2019
Your Guide to Soil Testing on a Dairy Farm
Your best guide on soil testing on a dairy farm. Read everything you need to know about why it's important to test your pasture's soil, what are the essential nutrients for plants including pasture, and negative consequences of not testing – cattle infertility issues. Our guide also includes average soil testing prices as well as information on best practices when it comes to taking a soil test sample.
9 October 2019
What are The Main Dairy Farming Problems in Australia?
Australia’s dairy farm industry is facing a series of big challenges. From processors having too much power, to low private label milk prices, and farmers not managing their pasture. However, all is not lost for dairy farming in Australia – the Australia Dairy Plan is in motion, supermarkets have conceded to raise the price of milk to $1.10, and a remote pasture measurement tool that takes farmers to the future of farming is here!
2 October 2019
The latest tips to best pasture management for you and your farm
Staying focussed and on point with your pasture management is crucial to managing a sustainable business. You know this, and I don't need to tell you, as you've had plenty of practice working out what works and what doesn't. I'm here to reinforce the latest tips to get your business firing and to keep it on track to be highly profitable. Not only that, but we're going to explore ten tips that will make sure you're on the right path to succeeding.
25 September 2019
How to increase your farm profit with proper pasture management?
When prices are low and input costs are high, how do you increase profit through proper pasture management? This is a question on everyone's lips as we enter a competitive world of producing food. I'm going to show you exactly that. Goodness that's why our company exists. We're here to help you make the best farm management decisions with our app as a core service providing decision support tools the increase your bottom line. In turn this makes your pastures and animals happy, but most importantly, you.
18 September 2019
Diseases, Pests & Weeds
Weed Control Methods: Which Best Suits You?
Invasive weeds cause a real headache. This is even truer when they reproduce due to the wrong control methods being deployed. Are you across the many weed control methods that suit your requirements? And do these weed control methods suit the plant you're trying to manage? The latter, we don't discuss in this blog, but the ways of weed control we do.
11 September 2019
Topping Pasture: is it worth it?
Topping reproductive pasture is a sure-fire way of keeping your paddocks full of nutritious feed for your animals. There are many trains of thought when it comes to the practice of topping pasture. However, it is important to not overlook the benefits of increased pasture utilisation, as well as the positive impact on your livestock. We're going to cover this topic in this post.
4 September 2019
Timely Grazing: Key to Effective Spring Pasture Management
Timing grazings is an ongoing decision that requires careful attention daily. Spring amplifies the grazing choices you make due to the rapid growth of pasture from day to day. The profound nature of these decisions, whether excellent or poor, will affect the future performance of your pastures, animals, and bank balance. In this article, there are some tips to bring you up to speed for realising the full potential of your spring flush.
28 Aug 2019
Managing Perennial Ryegrass for Spring Growth
How well do you understand spring and its impact on pasture growth rates? How well do you have a grasp on perennial ryegrass and its natural tendency to perform well in high rainfall and temperate climates? We'll explore with essential details so you can make the most out of spring with your ryegrass.
21 Aug 2019
Farm Management Apps
Guide for Choosing Grazing Apps that Make You Money out of Grass
In this guide, we're going to cover the fundamentals of making the right choice that will ultimately lead to making the best grazing decisions. After all, it's the best grazing decisions that yield sustainable results and larger buckets of farm profit.
14 Aug 2019
The Best LIC Space Alternative
We're passionate about providing you with the best pasture management tools. We're highly enthusiastic about pushing the latest in agtech to bring you the best remote pasture measuring platform for making the right grazing decisions every time. We're a dedicated company that isn't spreading our wings thin. What we want to do for you is to stay highly focussed in our specialised offering. That is our promise to providing you with value.
7 Aug 2019
The Dairy Research Foundation's 2019 Symposium
Will presented his plan and told the audience how he would focus on increasing and optimising home-grown feed production. One of Will's tools to achieve his target is to use Pasture.io to measure and manage his pastures. The other reason why Will decided to include Pasture.io is the importance of record-keeping, primarily those related to fertilisation, spraying, grazing events and irrigation.
31 Jul 2019
How does remote pasture measuring deal with your long grazing rotations?
Seven days a week, you're out in the elements. Low temperatures, rainfall, and short daylight hours are nothing new. Yes, that's it, hello, wintertime! We're two-thirds of the way through. What this means is that it's all up from here! In this post, we're going to tackle the impact extended grazing rounds currently have on the remote pasture measuring models. Never fear, read on!
24 Jul 2019
Pastures from Space - answered: are we a replacement app?
We get asked a lot if we're a Pastures from Space (PfS+) replacement. This blog post goes into details of why we're not and how we're an excellent replacement. If you're a former Pastures from Space customer, keep reading to see how we step up the notch in our service.
17 Jul 2019
Grazing tips for winter conditions: "wait, you feed out on the road?"
Winter time brings with it many challenges. One of the biggest is feed utilisation, or maybe better said minimising feed wastage. Feed wastage is increased due to soiling of feed that is trampled into muddy paddocks, thus becoming unpalatable. This has a ripple effect further into the production system and importantly on the bottom line.
10 Jul 2019
Grazing tips for winter conditions: "who left that gate open?"
We've found some stark evidence that this practice works. Per-cow production maintains. Lameness incidents decrease. And another benefit is that labour typically spent herding is not. Gone are the days where paddocks would resemble a chocolate self-saucing pudding and spring felt like it would never arrive.
3 Jul 2019
DairySA Agtech Innovation Day 2019
Plenty of in-depth disucssions at the DairySA Innovation Day around pasture and dairy technology and how to best take advantage for growing greater margins of profit. We were there to enjoy the day and to proudly present the innovative technology that is shaping the next generation of pasture management on-farm.
17 Jul 2019
Pasture Utilisation a Key Driver of Farm Profitability
There is significant room to improve on farm efficiency in pasture-based systems by growing and utilising more homegrown forage such as pasture.
19 Jun 2019
DairyTas Tasmanian Dairy Conference 2019
Having just attended the Australian Dairy Conference #ADC2019 in Canberra with Pasture.io as a stallholder for the first time, we had high expectations of the Tasmanian Dairy Conference being put on by DairyTas. And my goodness were our expectations blown away.
18 March 2019
CQU SMARtfarm Tutorial
Pasture.io was invited to give a presentation to a group of students studying Sustainable Livestock Systems at CQU. The SMARTFarm tutorial was given to demonstrate and give students a hands-on approach in a real-world farming scenario using live data. Ollie was the guest lecturer and provided real time data for the students to work from his only family dairy farm.
28 May 2019
TasTAFE and Pasture.io Presentation
Pasture.io was proud to present to a top notch group of Moonlake dairy farm managers who were studying the Diploma unit Analyse and Interpret Production Data.
1 March 2019
Australian Dairy Conference 2019
The Australian Dairy Conference (#ADC2019) in Canberra was a huge success. There were dairy farmers from across Australia in attendance and some from abroad. This was fantastic as it promoted the diversity that the Australian dairy industry holds, which is perhaps one of the core advantages for long term sustainability of the industry.
22 Feb 2019
Farm Management Apps
ADC2019 Best Farm Apps Review
After an Australia-wide call to farmers to tell us ‘what is their most valuable farming app’ our committee applies ruthless and independent rigour to come up with the five best dairy farming apps – and we ask the Young Dairy Network to present them in a fun yet highly informative session hosted by NSW DPI robotic technology expert Nico Lyons.
21 Feb 2019
CQU Women in Agri-Tech Symposium
Fifteen female teachers from regional, rural and remote areas will be chosen to take part in the inaugural ‘Women in Agri-tech’ program. With support from leading researchers, educators and industry professionals, teachers will develop an agri-tech learning module aligned to the STEM and digital technologies component of the Australian Curriculum.