Much expected from grass data centralisation

The grass gains are expected in grass breeding and evaluation of new grass varieties, as well as management of grassland by farmers.

At the 2016 merger launch, Teagasc Director Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Ireland as a nation is well ahead of our international competitors in this area, and this merger will continue the focus on exploiting this advantage.” Teagasc launched the PastureBase Ireland database in 2013, and AgriNet, part of the Progressive Genetics Group, was launched at the same time, becoming very popular with farmers in Ireland and internationally.

The merger will contribute to achieving the Food Wise 2025 target of grass utilisation to increase by two tonnes of dry matter per hectare on all Irish farms.

The following information has been issued to users of PastureBase Ireland and AgriNet.

I like using AgriNet Grass, and have found it very useful. What are the advantages of using PBI?

By using PBI, we are building the world’s first national grassland database.

From this information, researchers in Teagasc will be able to see the level of grass production in any part of Ireland, at any time.

There is a lot of valuable data in the AgriNet Grass database that is not being analysed effectively from a national or industry point of view, that can now be analysed.

The centralisation of bovine data in ICBF over the past 20 years has created significant gains for farmers.

Centralisation of grass data in PBI will help create similar gains in terms of breeding and evaluation of new grass varieties and the management of grassland.

I am an AgriNet Grass user. What do I nee to do, to join PBI and what are my log-in details?

You should have received a letter from AgriNet Grass and Teagasc outlining the merging of the programmes.

On the second page, there is some information that we need, in order to transfer your information to PBI.

This section needs to be filled out and sent back using the pre-paid envelope attached, as soon as possible.

Once we receive your details, the PBI help centre will make contact with you and explain the transfer process. When transferred, you will be given log in details to PBI.

I have been using AgriNet Grass for four years. Are all my historical records gone?

Of course not. This data is very valuable to you.

Every record you have entered into AgriNet Grass will be transferred to PBI. However, it is important to note that the calculations used to generate the annual tonnage report are slightly different. If you have questions about your data, we are more than happy to help.

In AgriNet Grass, I am part of a discussion group where I can see other farmers’ details; will I be connected to these farmers in PBI?

This option of creating a link with other farmers is available in PBI.

When you join PBI, you will have to recreate these links with the farmers you want to share data with.

If you want to share data with another farmer, you will have to enter their email address or contact number, in order to send an invitation. All research and demo farms will be available to all farmers.

Will there be a charge for PBI?

The use of PBI is covered in your annual Teagasc subscription.

Is there an app for PBI?

Currently, there is no app available for PBI, but you can open PBI on the browser on your smartphone, and all functions are available to you.

So if you can make a call on your phone, you can use PBI.

Will there be a charge for PBI?

The use of PBI is covered in your annual Teagasc subscription.

Who do I contact if I want more information?

Please contact the PBI help centre by email – or by telephone – 046 – 9200365.

The help centre is open from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday. Or contact your local Teagasc office.

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