Average grass growth this week was 70kg per day which is good but it doesn’t tell the full story. The diverse nature of the weather this year is extraordinary. At present, the country can be split into three divisions. August has been a good grass-growing month for most of the southern half of the country, with regular but not too much rain and plenty of heat in the soil driving on grass and utilisation is excellent.

It’s different territory in parts of the north and the west, where almost constant rain is hampering growth rates and making grazing very difficult on heavy land. Some fields can’t be travelled.