Farmers should prioritise the tasks. Firstly, and where possible, get the milking cows out. With exceptional drying conditions over the past three days, there should be sections on most farms where cows can graze.

The next priority is fertiliser. Grass is turning yellow due to a lack of nitrogen, so to protect what grass is on farms and to ensure sufficient regrowths for the next round, fertiliser needs to be spread as soon as possible.