Grass growth has come back into the 40s this week for the first time since the spring. Our measuring farms grew an average of 47.5kg DM/ha over the last seven days. As nights get colder and days shorten, we can expect this downward trend to continue.

A brief break in the rain over last few days has seen some housed stock get back to grass and allowed for slight improvement in ground conditions in drier places. However, towards the north and west, getting grass into cattle remains a challenge and a lot of animals are indoors at this point. I know some farmers who have had cows housed for four weeks at this stage and have taken a big chunk from their silage.