Average soil temperatures for the past seven days are between 5 and 7 degrees and this is a big factor when it comes to grass growth. Normally, soil temperatures need to be above 6 degrees for good grass growth, but the percentage of perennial ryegrass in the sward and whether or not fertiliser was applied also plays a part.

The improved weather has allowed many farmers to turn out stock. However, land is still soft and easily damaged. Remember the basics: graze in 12 hour allocations, use a back-fence, graze in square blocks and use on/off grazing if necessary.