Gerard McDonagh, Cork, keeping a sharp eye on his work at the National Ploughing Championships 2014, Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Mike Quirke, a dairy and beef farmer, Milltown, Co. Kerry, moving his weanling beef stock of angus, hereford and friesian heifers to get them ready for sale. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

Liam Pender, Jim McCarthy, Peter McGrath and George Howard of Ryan & Ronayne Contractors grabbing a bite to eat while picking up 2nd cut silage for David Murphy, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Photo: Donal O’Leary

Mike Flahive, suckler farmer, turning hay on Bromore Cliffs, Beale, Ballybunion Co.Kerry. Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Conditions are ideal as Daniel O’ Regan waits for Barry Marshall as he harvests Flash oilseed rape for Martin O’ Regan, Belgooly, Co. Cork. Picture: Donal O’Leary

The Lawlor brothers, storing some of the1,300 bales of silage at Moyntiagh, Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow this week. Picture: John Caffrey

Three generations of sheep farmers Damien, PJ and Christopher Kerr bringing their lambs in for weighing for slaughter at Emyvale, Co Monaghan. Picture: Carol Dunne

William O’Grady watches contractor Willie John Lonergan unload winter barley at Ardfinnan, Co. Tipperary this week.  The crop yielded 3.8 t per acre at 20% moisture at 64% kph. Photo: Jack Caffrey

Gavin Foley & Jordan Hennessy share a joke as they wait for John Flavin to fill the first load of Tower winter barley for Rosalie Dunne, Garryvoe, Co. Cork. Early indacations are for a good crop. Photo: Donal O’ Leary

Donal and Con Twomey are pictured checking some of their Cassia Winter barley tha is three weeks from harvesting at Robert’s Cove, Co. Cork. Photo: Donal O’ Leary