This spring has been a tough one for farmers. Markree weather station in Sligo recorded rainfall of 240mm for the month of February, compared to 81mm in 2019 and 109mm in 2018.

March has not been much better apart from the past week which has seen some dryer conditions and farmers finally able to get some slurry or bagged fertiliser spread on farms. Cattle are finally getting to see the outdoors and grass growth is starting to move. I recorded growth last week of 11kgDM/ha per day. This is roughly half the growth figure for the same week last year, but to be expected.