This week the Irish Farmers Journal launches its WhatsApp service, which will bring breaking news bulletins and updates to your smartphone.

Users will also be able to share their own updates and feedback privately through the service.

The Irish Farmers Journal is the first national newspaper in Ireland to roll out this free service. It will complement our existing social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook, but the difference is that subscribers will receive updates instantaneously.

Whatsapp is a messaging app for smartphones which can be used to send links, photos, audio and video. It currently has 800 million users worldwide.

Here are the steps to join:

1. Download WhatsApp to your smartphone and ensure notifications are switched on.

2. Save our WhatsApp number (086) 836 6465 in your phone as Irish Farmers Journal.

3. WhatsApp or text your full name and JOIN to (086) 836 6465.

4. Once we've added you to our broadcast list, you're good to go.