An issue recently highlighted by AFBI chief executive Dr Sinclair Mayne is that results from silage analysis in NI suggest that silage quality on local farms has not improved over the last 20 years.

Hopefully, there is an opportunity to reverse that trend this year, given the weather over the past two weeks. A lot of dairy farms in particular have managed to get grass harvested in excellent conditions. Bulk might not have been great, but it should be possible to make up for lower first-cut yields in subsequent cuts. Waiting for a big first-cut yield often means higher feed costs and is detrimental to a sward in the long term, inevitably leading to higher reseeding costs.