According to the Teagasc national farm survey, there are 84,448 livestock farms in the country – that’s 84,448 farmers who could be measuring grass. Taking away the 16,146 dairy farms, 68,302 or 81% of these farms are drystock (cattle rearing, cattle other and sheep).

Alarmingly though, most recent figures show that there are only 541 drystock farmers measuring grass on PastureBase Ireland. That’s just 0.79% of drystock farms.