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Jerome, Martin and Padraig O'Brien bring in the cows for evening milking at home on Ballykitt farm, Ballyclough, Co Cork. Martin and his wife Liz farm in partnership with their sons and are four weeks into the breeding season, with submission rates running around 90% at present. The cows are producing over 2kg of milk solids on 4kg of meal. \ Donal O'Leary

Closing out the suckler breeding season

Suckler farmer Frank Gibson from Martinstown House, Crookedwood, Co Westmeath, checks on his herd as he comes close to the end of calving. Frank uses three stock bulls on the farm, a Simmental, a Limousin and Charolais. He rears and sells his cattle on as forward stores. \ Philip Doyle

Suckler farmer Frank Gibson from Martinstown House, Crookedwood, Co Westmeath. \ Philip Doyle

Grass growth continues to be slow in much of the country, but weather is expected to improve for the next few weeks

Thomas Hartley of Hartley Agri tedding silage that will be baled for a local client in Glenmore, Co Kilkenny. \ Donal O'Leary

Rounding up rams under the shadow of Croagh Patrick

PJ Welsh rounds up rams in Thornhill, Westport, Co Mayo, to be transported to fresh pasture and to check feet, with the help of his sheepdogs Ted and Toby. PJ's land is fragmented, so his UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) and trailer are essential when moving stock, as the road has gotten busier since restrictions have lifted. \ Philip Doyle

My Farming Week: Anthony Healy, Enfield, Co Meath

The Healy family on their farm in Co Meath - Anthony Jr, Anthony Sr, Trish, Ben and Paige. \ Barry Cronin

The changing weather has delayed silage by two weeks and heavy rain continues to disrupt plans around the country

Eoin Reddan harvesting 80ac of silage for Robert Austin at Soolmoy, Ardcroney, Co Tipperary. \ Odhran Ducie

A round up of the rest of the pictures from around the country

Dairy farmer Jerry Moloney on his farm at Capparoe, Co Tipperary. Following torrential rain last weekend, Jerry had to move his 97 strong dairy herd to a new paddock, due to spoiled grass and mucky areas throughout. Jerry was concerned about productivity and fertility being in the middle of the breeding season, but managed to hold at 31 and a half litres, 3.86% butter fat and 3.56% protein. \ Odhran Ducie

Tomás Hogan feeding the spring-born calves at Clooneen Upper, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary. \ Odhran Ducie

Crane driver Marty Sinnott of Suir Shipping unloading an extra large load of CAN fertiliser at Belview port in Waterford for Nitrofert, New Ross. \ Donal O'Leary

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