Friday

There will be a cold, crisp and frosty start to the day, with pockets of fog gradually lifting according to Met Éireann.

It will stay dry, with spells of sunshine and light breezes. Temperatures will stay below normal. Afternoon highs will only reach 5°C to 9°C. It will be dry and cold early in the night, with some frost. Rain will extend eastwards across the country during the night, turning heavy and persistent. Minimum temperatures will range from 0°C to 3°C, occurring early in the night.

Saturday

It will be a cloudy and rather wet to start on Saturday, with outbreaks of rain predicted. The rain will clear eastwards during the morning, with a mix of bright spells and scattered showers following behind. Maximum temperatures will range from 6°C to 10°C. It will be cold on Saturday night, with showers becoming confined to coastal districts. Minimum temperatures will range from 1°C to 4°C.

Sunday

Sunday looks set to be predominantly dry, with sunny spells, but showers will affect eastern counties of Ulster and Leinster. Highest temperatures will range from 7°C to 10°C. Sunday night will begin dry with some early frost, but a spell of rain will spread from the Atlantic later in the night. Minimum temperatures will range from 2°C to 5°C.

Management notes

Beef

Beef editor Adam Woods takes a look at ration formulation and the Irish Farmers Journal beef and sheep mart demo series kicking off next week.

Dairy

Aidan Brennan's dairy management notes look at lameness prevention, drying off cows and heifer weights.

Tillage

It would now require a straight week of good weather to get land dried and provide any further opportunity for planting writes Andy Doyle.

Sheep

Old dispatch document booklets should be stored away safely to ensure the wrong booklet is not picked up when completing documentation for sheep leaving the farm, writes Darren Carty.

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