Heavy rainfall has caused an abrupt end to the grazing season in many parts of the country. For those in drier areas, it has brought about changes in management, such as housing cows by night or on/off grazing in the case of dairy herds. While situations differ, the reality is that for many it has resulted in feeding equipment being called into action earlier than anticipated.

The timeline to dust off the cobwebs and carry out inspections is getting increasingly shorter. Despite the pressure, these inspections should remain a priority. As well as ensuring equipment is working at optimum performance, any possible safety risks need to rectified.