Grass supplies: The grass supply situation on farms remains hugely contrasting, with farms on the western half of the country in a good position while farms along the eastern half continue to await rain to lift growth rates. Options for farmers tight on grass were discussed in last week’s management notes while for farmers in the west the main challenge at present is maintaining quality and having sufficient high-quality grass available for lambs post-weaning.

Many farmers with sufficient grass supplies have started topping to improve quality. It is important if you are going to the effort of topping that swards are actually cut down to 3.5cm to 4cm. The best option to achieve such a cut is with a mower rather than a topper. Cutting swards to 5cm to 6cm is a waste of time and money and will not address quality issues.