One-stop shop

Grassland tools and methods for grazing management supports

Following identification of the tools, each tool was categorised and ranked in terms of its relevance to the project and was identified as an “extension agent” or “farmer tool”.

 

Grazing tools identification


By country

CountryGrassland tools submitted
Ireland Spring rotation Planner
Ireland Grass Wedge
Ireland Grass budget
Ireland GrassHopper
Ireland Pasturebase Ireland
Ireland Manual Plate meter
FrancePasture plan
BelgiumHerbometre
BelgiumPasture calendar
ItalywebGRAS (potential forage quality)
AustriaRotation planner
AustriaGrass Wedge
AustriaGrass budget (Stocking rate in continuous variable stocking)
GermanyHinweisdienst Grünland
GermanyGrünlandreifeprüfung (regional sampling from grassland to help farmers if they want to determine the best point for harvest)
Germany ISIP (timing of fitiliser application)
GermanyGrünland online
GermanyWetterfax
Poland Grassland renovation calculator
SwedenGrazing Calender
SwedenBeteskalle (multilingual - 7 languages, AutoGrassMilk). A digital planning tool which calculates grazing costs and grass production
SwedenHarvest prognosis for ley
SwedenSlurry value calculator
SwedenGrovfoderkalkylen ( Forage Calculation ) includes cost calcuations of producing forage as ley, maize or cereal whole crop. The farmers´ or advisors´ figures are stored online.
SwedenRäknehjälpen ( Help Figuring ) includes about 15 excel files for calculating separate issues, e.g. cost of transporting slurry or forage, demand of nitrogen to reach a given amount of crude protein, cost of different storage systems, cost of additives, cost of forage handling in the feeding system on farm level, prize model for ley or maize when selling between farms.
FrancePatur'IN
FrancePâtur'Plan
FranceHerb'Avenir
FranceHerb'Valo
FranceHerbe Book
FranceDate N'Prairie
The NetherlandsBeweidingswijzer
The NetherlandsWeideKompas
The NetherlandsGrip op Gras
The NetherlandsGrass growth prediction
The NetherlandsGraasvisie
The NetherlandsDigitale graslandgebruikskalender
The NetherlandsVers gras dashbard
The Netherlands
Luxembourg / AutograssmilkBeteskalle (multilingual - 7 languages

 

By functionality

Grassland tools submittedUser Type Season of useEntrepriseWeb based
Spring rotation PlannerFarmer/advisorSpringDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Grass WedgeFarmer/advisorSummer/AutumnDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Grass budgetFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
GrassHopperFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefNo
Pasturebase IrelandFarmer/Advisor/ResAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Manual Plate meterFarmer/Advisor/ResAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefNo
Pasture planfarmer/advisorall yearDairy/Sheep/Beefno
HerbometreFarmer/advisorAll yearDairy/beefNo
Pasture calendarFarmerAll yearDairy/beefNo
webGRAS (potential forage quality)Farmer/advisorFirst cut of meadowsDairyYes
Rotation plannerFarmer/advisorMarch-OctoberDairyNo
Grass WedgeFarmer/advisorGrazing seasonDairyNo
Grass budget (Stocking rate in continuous variable stocking)Farmer/advisorMarch-OctoberDairyNo
Hinweisdienst GrünlandFarmerall yearall grassland farmersno
Grünlandreifeprüfung (regional sampling from grassland to help farmers if they want to determine the best point for harvest)Farmer/AdvisorSpringall grassland farmerspublished online/print media
ISIP (timing of fitiliser application)farmer/ advisorSpringISIP (Informationssystem Integrierte Pflanzenproduktion e.V.) provides different decision tools related to year (weather conditions) and site (soil conditions) for all kinds of agricultural productionyes
Grünland onlineFarmer all yeargrassland farmersyes
WetterfaxFarmer/Advisorall yearagricultural weather forecast and respective recommendations for farmersno
Grassland renovation calculatorFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/BeefYes
Grazing CalenderFarmer/AdvisorGrazing seasonDairy/Sheep/BeefNo
Beteskalle (multilingual - 7 languages, AutoGrassMilk). A digital planning tool which calculates grazing costs and grass productionFarmer/AdvisorGrazing seasonDairyYes
Harvest prognosis for leyFarmer/AdvisorFirst harvestDairy/Sheep/Beef/HorsesYes
Slurry value calculatorFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Grovfoderkalkylen ( Forage Calculation ) includes cost calcuations of producing forage as ley, maize or cereal whole crop. The farmers´ or advisors´ figures are stored online. Farmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Räknehjälpen ( Help Figuring ) includes about 15 excel files for calculating separate issues, e.g. cost of transporting slurry or forage, demand of nitrogen to reach a given amount of crude protein, cost of different storage systems, cost of additives, cost of forage handling in the feeding system on farm level, prize model for ley or maize when selling between farms.Farmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Patur'INFarmer/Advisor/ResAll yearDairy/BeefNo
Pâtur'PlanFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/BeefNo
Herb'AvenirFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/BeefNo
Herb'ValoFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/BeefNo
Herbe BookFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
Date N'PrairieFarmer/AdvisorAll yearDairy/Sheep/BeefYes
BeweidingswijzerAdvisorAll yearDairyYes
WeideKompasAdvisorAll yearDairyYes
Grip op GrasFarmer/advisorAll yearDairy Yes
Grass growth predictionAdvisorAll yearDairyNot yet
GraasvisieAdvisorAll yearDairyNo
Digitale graslandgebruikskalenderFarmer All yearDairyNo
Vers gras dashbardFarmer/advisorAll yearDairyNo
Farmer/advisorDairy
Beteskalle (multilingual - 7 languages)AdvisorAll yearDairyNo

 

 

Grassland tools categories


Each tool were categorised into the following categories:

Each tool was ranked on a scale of 1-5 based on their “usefulness” to their relevant category (1-poor to 5-excellent).

 

Grassland hardware

Grazing toolRanking (1-5)
Pasturebase (Ireland)5
Pâtur'Plan (France)5
Grass-Hopper (Ireland)4
Herbometre (Belgium)4
Patur'IN (France)4
Herb'Avenir (France)4
Herbe Book (France)4
Date N'Prairie (France)3

 

 

 

Grass budgeting

Grazing toolRanking (1-5)
Grip op Gras (The Netherlands)5
Grassland renovation calculator (Poland)5
Grass budget (Ireland)5
Pasture plan (France)4
Herbe Book (France)4
Grass growth prediction (The Netherlands)3
Graasvisie (The Netherlands)3
Beteskalle (Sweden)3

 

 

 

Grassland decision support

Grazing toolRanking (1-5)
Grass Wedge (Ireland)5
Pasture plan (France)5
Grassland renovation calculator (Poland)5
Grip op Gras (The Netherlands)5
Spring rotation Planner (Ireland)4
Manual Plate meter (Ireland)4
Pasture calendar (Belgium)4
Grazing Calender (Sweeden)4
Beweidingswijzer (The Netherlands)4
WeideKompas (The Netherlands)4
webGRAS (Italy)4
Herbometre (Belgium)3
Grass growth prediction (The Netherlands)3
Graasvisie (The Netherlands)3
Digitale graslandgebruikskalender (The Netherlands)3
Vers gras dashbard (The Netherlands)3
Beteskalle (multilingual - 7 languages) (Luxembourg)2

 

 

 

Grass quality

Grazing toolsRanking (1-5)
Grassland renovation calculator (Poland)5
Harvest prognosis for ley (Sweden)5
webGRAS (Italy)4
Vers gras dashbard(The Netherlands)4
WeideKompas (The Netherlands)3

 

 

 

Fertiliser

Grazing toolRanking (1-5)
Slurry value calculator (Sweden)5
Räknehjälpen (Sweden)5
Beweidingswijzer (The Netherlands)3
Digitale graslandgebruikskalender (The Netherlands)3

 

 

 

Weather

Grazing toolRanking (1-5)
Grass growth prediction (The Netherlands)4

 

 

 

Grassland renovation

Grazing toolsRanking (1-5)
Grassland renovation calculator (Poland)5

 

 

 

Feed costs

Grazing toolRanking (1-5)
Beweidingswijzer (The Netherlands)5
Grovfoderkalkylen (Sweden)4
Herbometer (Belgium)3

 

 

 

Ecology

Grazing toolsRanking (1-5)
Grassland renovation calculator (Poland)3

 


The following link can be used to access the One-Stop Shop for the Inno4Grass grassland tools: https://inno4grass.eu/images/dokumenty/Overall_rankings_grassland_tools.pdf

This should be a facility for extension agents and farmers to get access to tools that could benefit their grassland enterprises.

 

 

About this one-stop shop

Teagasc Inno4Grass representatives made contact with each member state to gain an insight into grassland tools being practiced in used in each country to increase efficiency in grassland. Each country provided tools that are widely(and also not commonly used) for their own nations. There was a wide variation in tools (and languages) so it was difficult to gain an insight into every tool. Some tools were on systems unavailable to outside parties, so it was difficult to form an understanding on these tools.


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