For some farmers, the winter has already begun because ground is just too wet for grazing. But for the majority, the end of grazing is close, because they are running out of grass. The term ‘running out of grass’ is not quite accurate to describe why the best grassland farmers house stock. They house stock in early November because they want to keep grass for the spring, as opposed to grazing everything in late autumn and early winter.

There could be an extra three or four weeks grazing available at this time of year before they would literally run out of grass. The reasons for carrying grass over and into next spring have been well documented, but are worth repeating: