The summer of 2018 really hasn’t suited Tom Bolger’s farm in Borris, Co Carlow. Tom's land is extremely free-draining in nature and looked more like the Sahara than Ireland during the severe drought. Even now, grass growth is struggling to improve, as the farm finds itself in the small pocket of land still crying out for rain.

Perhaps this farm is therefore the perfect holding to host one of the BETTER Farm autumn walks for 2018. The series of four walks has a common theme of fodder, finance and herd health running throughout – the topics that farmers need to discuss.