Weather challenges: This week’s torrential rain has compounded a difficult few weeks in many parts of the country. Grass supplies are positive in the main but there is a big variation in ground conditions, with some farms facing significant challenges in terms of utilising grass and keeping lambs performing.

Keeping good-quality grass ahead of lambs is easier said than done in such conditions but where this is not achieved then lamb performance will suffer greatly. Lamb intakes will drop significantly where grazing on wet underfoot conditions and swards become soiled irrespective of how much grass is available.