Eighteen-month-old James Walsh from Kilmactranny, Co Sligo, keeping the hoggets fed during the bad weather.

Many hands make light work: Jamie, Alice and Harry Gavin ready to hit for the farm with Grandad Michael Madigan in Killimer, Co Clare.

Luke and Kate Walsh from Johnstown, Co Kilkenny, with Goggles, an unusually marked Friesian and their favourite lockdown calf.

Linda Fitzpatrick's husband Seán out doing the morning herding and getting a big thanks from one of his charges in Rathmolyon, Co Meath.

Áine Enright (aged seven) helps her Dad feed the newborn calves in Crinny, Co Kerry.

Lockdown over for the cows: The O’Connell brothers, William, Tomás, Brendan-John and Michael, letting the cows off to grass for a few hours last week, the first time in 2021.

Four-year-old Mason Wood McGirl with the latest arrival on Grandad's farm in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.

Adam McKenna feeding a newborn calf on his Grandad Noel McNeill's farm in Moate, Co Westmeath.

Muck magnet: Conor Guy helping to clean up the carrot washing plant in Trim, Co Meath. \ Barbara Guy