Holding grass as long as possible is vital first step
Lack of rain means that dry farms around the country are about to enter into or are already in, a period of much lower grass growth rates.
According to Met Eireann, there is very little likelihood of rain falling over the next week and if long-range forecasts are to be believed, there will be no rain before August 1.
Prior to the weekend, the soil moisture deficit in dry areas was already at two inches of rain (50mm) and the rest of the country is about one inch (25mm).
Highly stocked dairy farms are particularly vulnerable to reduced grass growth and acquiring enough winter feed is a priority for many of these farms.
The fodder census (July 1) suggested that 66pc of farms expect to be short of silage next winter.
The two major milk processors, Glanbia and Dairygold, will be on quota within the month and Kerry is catching up on milk quota quickly as a result of the weather.
This potential milk quota problem is largely due to the extra 100,000 cows calved this year. Many of these extra cows are on the drier farms that are most likely running over quota already.