Growth rates took a significant dip over the last week as cold evenings, heavy rain and saturated paddocks all combined to deliver figures below seasonal norm. Growth rates ranged from just over 30kg in the west to over 80kg in the east. Dry weather yesterday (Wednesday) and for the next few days should improve growth as paddocks dry out again.

The range in growth rate is lowest in the west, where grazing conditions are still very wet. We have recorded better figures for those farms in better grazing conditions on the drier farms in the south and east. The current weather forecast suggests more rain will start crossing the country on Sunday.