Grounds conditions 'close to perfect' for the time of year

Contractor Peter Brown sows Isabel oats for farmer Bill Dawson into a field after beans which were harvested last year in Kilknock, Ballon, Co Carlow. \ Philip Doyle

Ploughing in preparation for spring barley

Ian Taggart sets to work using a five-furrow reversible plough in preparation for spring barley on the farm of James Townsley outside Comber, Co Down. \ Houston Green

Suckler farming in Co Down

Both Limousin- and Belgian Blue-crosses enjoy a strip line of kale as part of their forage food to balance their diet on Harry Crawford's suckler farm outside Comber, Co Down. \ Houston Green

Growing beet for a neighbouring cattle farmer

Bernard Fitzpatrick sorts through a harvest of sugar beet and removes stones for his stepfather Jim Reddy in Barristown, Co Carlow. \ Philip Doyle

Spreading pasture sward fertiliser in the sun

Beef and sheep farmer Joe Mooney spreads pasture sward fertiliser near Killann, Co Wexford. \ Philip Doyle

Egg farmers out of business in Co Monaghan

Denis and Mary O'Connell from Annagose, Newbliss, Co Monaghan, with their dog Susie. Denis and Mary are egg farmers who have gone out of business due to the failure of egg packers to pass back price increases. \ Lorraine Teevan

Direct drilling spring beans

Brian Crowley fills the hopper before direct drilling Lynx spring beans at 188kg/ha at Ballywilliam, Cloyne, Co Cork. Brian farms in a family partnership with his brother Paul, along with their parents Oliver and Helen, running a tillage and beef enterprise. The Crowleys are working towards more min-tilling every year and the beef operation is a store-to-beef system. \ Donal O' Leary

£325 raised for charity at sheepdog trial event

Colm Doherty, Quigley's Point, Co Donegal, finishing off penning at the NI Sheepdog Handlers Association charity trial in Moneymore, Co Derry. Colm went on to win first place with his dog Jim and a total of £325 was raised for Marie Curie Charity. \ Houston Green

Host farmer William Lawerance, Moneymore, Co Derry, with his dog Glen, and Andy Patterson, Coagh, Co Tyrone, with his dog Ben, during the event. \ Houston Green

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