Dry weather for the last two weeks has allowed Daniel and Amy O’Donnell get the freshly calved cows out to grass on their elevated farm near Cappoquin, Co Waterford. The first two weeks of February during the very wet weather were more challenging but Daniel still managed to get grazed grass into cows since they calved.

He said: “We managed in early February because there were only small numbers of cows calved so it is easier to manage grazing and we had little choice because silage was disappearing and slurry tanks were full. Calved cows were better off outside grazing.”