The national average growth rate on drystock farms is 20kg DM/ha/day. That’s a pretty insignificant growth rate – which is of course to be expected – but it’s not going to worry most farmers who now have the majority of cattle housed at this stage.

What the small volume of growth will do, however, is continue to develop covers on field that were closed in early October. Provided you have resisted the temptation to go back in and graze, there should be nice picking on the farm come February and March – if the weather plays ball.