As expected, wet weather and the noticeable drop in temperature in recent days has led to a growth rate reduction of 10% to 12% compared with last week. Growth is now running at an average of 56kg DM/ha/day nationally. As always, there is a lot of variation around this number, with our highest growth figure of 98kg DM/ha recorded in Tipperary and the lowest of 26kg DM/ha taken in Roscommon.

However, these figures will have been affected by management on individual farms and don’t necessarily represent prevailing rates for the area.