Rain arrives just in time for farmers in eastern areas
The weekend rains came just in time for farmers in the south and east of the country who have been battling poor grass growth.
Dairy and cattle farmers on light land have been hardest hit during the dry spell, with grass growth rates at half last year's levels in some areas.
While growth rates of 99kg of grass dry matter (DM) per hectare were recorded in 2016, drier parts of the east and southeast grew just 40-45kg DM/ha last week.
Teagasc's Michael O'Donovan said average grass growth rates are around 55kgs DM/ha, which were slightly below the average demand of 58kg DM/ha.
He said farmers in drier parts of the country were forced to graze silage ground because of poor regrowth levels.
Some dairy farmers were also feeding around 2kg of ration per cow per day, he added.
Mr O'Donovan said the focus for these farmers was holding their grazing rotation through the dry spell. However, growth rates are expected to rebound in the medium term on the back of the recent rains.