Watch: sheep being scanned in Co Kildare

John Guinan scans sheep in Kill, Co Kildare for neighbouring farmers Michael Delahunt and John Banahan.

Dry cows grazed on fodder rape in Co Cork

Niall Nicholson is grazing his dry cows on rape by day on the home farm at Hoddersfield, Crosshaven, Co Cork. \ Donal O' Leary

Niall and Billy Nicholson. \ Donal O' Leary

IFA AGM: Francie Gorman takes up office, succeeding Tim Cullinan

Newly elected IFA president Francis Gorman and deputy president Alice Doyle welcome Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, Ministers of state Pippa Hacket and Martin Heydon to the annual IFA dinner at the Irish Farm Centre in Bluebell, Co Dublin. \ Philip Doyle

All the action from Roscrea Mart's fatstock heifer sale in Co Tipperary

Almost 1,000 heifers went through the ring, with heavy heifers in great demand. \ Odhran Ducie

Pat Sheedy, Clashagad, Roscrea, taking notes. \ Odhran Ducie

Frank Mulligan, Creggs, Co Galway, and Thomas Casey, Clonaslee, Co Laois, along with Frank's son Gary. \ Odhran Ducie

Aidan Byrne, Clonaslee, Co Laois. \ Odhran Ducie

Jim Delaney, Ballycrane, Roscrea. \ Odhran Ducie

Jim Stanley, Clough-Ballacolla, Portlaoise, Co Laois, with the show champion. Jim was showing in this sale for the 60th year in a row and has had multiple winners along the way. \ Odhran Ducie

Farming 2,100ac of maize in the USA

Dirk and Matt Rice on their family farm in Illinois where they grow maize and soya beans and keep sucklers. \ Claire McCormack

A round-up of other farming pictures this week

Numerous farmers drive their tractors along the Mittlerer Ring in Munich as part of a week-long farmer demonstration in response to the federal governments austerity plans. \ Matthias Balk/dpa/Alamy Live News

Caoimhe Egan preparing to feed newborn calves at Killahara, Thurles, Co Tipperary with the help of her chidren, Ronan and Sadie. Caoimhe is farming in partnership with her parents John and Geraldine. Calving has just begun in the last few days within the 100-strong dairy herd and is expected to last for the next six weeks. \ Odhran Ducie

Plenty of bidders ensure a stiff competition at Thursday's cattle sale at Enniskillen Mart. \ Houston Green

A Highland bull stands in the ruins of Caslecuffe in Co Offaly. \ Philip Doyle

Annie Griffin, Julie Rohan, Liam Rohan, Tom Griffin and Emily Rohan wore their wellies to launch Embrace FARM’s Wear Our Wellies (WOW) day, which will raise vital funds for the organisation. \ Finbarr O'Rourke

Eddie Boyle carries out his daily feeding of David Robinson's suckler herd on the Co Tyrone / Co Donegal border at Tullycarn. \ Houston Green