Farmers and contractors across the country are gearing up for a weekend of silage making, as Met Éireann forecasts clear spells and temperatures as high as 19°C over the coming days.

Those with grass ready will be thankful of the dry spell and will wish to make the best of it. Meanwhile, with phones hopping, contracting teams will be busy.

The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have warned farm machinery operators, along with the general public who may encounter silage teams on our roads this weekend, to take care and be mindful of health and safety at all times.

Social media

Farmers and contractors alike have taken to Twitter to showcase their crops and machinery as silage fever kicks in.

The Irish Farmers Journal compiled the latest on Friday.

Westmeath based contractor David Corrigan has taken over the Irelands Farmers Twitter account this week and updated followers on the “grass fever” setting in on Friday morning.

Waterford dairy farmer Maighread Barron posted a photo of her dog Moon reviewing her crop.

YouTube’s “Farmer Phil” has gone mowing in Longford.

Clare farmer Conor Whelan videoed mowing his reseed. “Some crop here,” he said.

“There’ll be black bales all over the place.”

FBD Young Farmer of the Year 2020 and Galway man Dara Killeen posted a photo of his new pit being filled and says the O’Brien brother contractors have been doing their silage for 44 years.

Learning for school kids

IFA Munster regional chair and dairy farmer Harold Kingston is showing school children how silage is made through Farmer Time Ireland.

Limerick dairy farmer Louise Crowley says it’s “that time of year”.


Those across the water have also taken to the fields with good weather allowing English and Scottish farmers to make a silage burst.

Somerset dairy farmer Emily Kingston says “silage 2022 is a go!”

While Scottish farmer Annabel Hamilton says “silage 2022 is a Go Go!”

Silage photo competition

The Irish Farmers Journal, in association with Gouldings Fertilisers, is looking for the best silage photo of 2022.

To send us your best photos and find out more, see here.

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