It was evident from the disgruntled farmers present that heavy rain this week has made grazing almost impossible on heavy soils and tricky on dry soils. In terms of grass supply, the first thing to note is that some of the farmers said they were below target grass cover for the time of year. Given the recent dry spell, some of the farmers present from Kilkenny, Laois and parts of Tipperary were just finished feeding round bales as grass had been in tight supply. So, for some, the recent rain last weekend was very welcome. However, for other farmers from Cork and Kerry the weekend rain had made grazing very difficult and some had housed young heifers.

What should farm cover be for end of September?