Differences in rainfall and soil moisture content have led to significant variations in grass growth across NI in the first half of 2017, data from AgriSearch’s GrassCheck programme indicates.

Data recorded on dairy farms located across NI from April to June shows large county by county variations. Dairy farms in Co Antrim have recorded the highest average growth of 7.1t dry matter per hectare (DM/ha) over the three-month period, compared with the lowest average of 4.8t DM/ha in Co Down.