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

Nora, Niamh & Ciara Blake, Kiltrellig, Kilbaha, Co. Clare pictured bringing the cows back to grass along the coast road after evening milking. Photo: Donal O’ Leary

Thousands of farmers attended Beef 2014 at Teagasc Grange, Co. Meath this week to see the largest display of beef technologies ever staged in Ireland. Photo: Jack Caffrey

Picking up the last of the silage before the rain showers on Tom Kelly’s dairy farm near Drogheda, Co. Louth. Photo: Jack Caffrey

Ken and Frank Keating tidying off the pit before covering, as rain threatens on John Byrnes farm in Redcastle, Mountrath, Co Laois. Photo: Carol Dunne

Farm manager, Gordon Busteed, brings in John Murphy’s dairy herd for evening milking at Craanford, Co Wexford. Picture: Jack Caffrey

Jamie Ryan (3), Marshalstown, keeping an eye on the trade at Enniscorthy mart. Picture: Jack Caffrey

Gene Cronin, Aghadoe, has his hands full at the Kingdom County Fair, in Ballybeggan, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Sunday. Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan