The incessant rainfall, with upwards of two inches of rain falling in parts of the country in a 24-hour period starting on Monday night, is leading to the temporary housing of stock on the worst-affected farms. It is fair to say not many would have foreseen having to house stock at the end of August, and as such, there is pressure to get sheds back into action.

For dairy farmers, it is important to check that scrapers are working OK after a long idle period, while for all farmers housing stock, it is vital to check that water troughs are clean and ballcocks are regulating water flow sufficiently.