It rained and rained and rained. We received 125mm in April. 2.5 times more than our long term average of 53mm. This rain was very welcome for autumn pasture growth but the lack of sunshine caused weaner growth rates to slow right down with little overall gain throughout April. At the start of April we completed the A.I. programme for 2014 - artificially inseminating 90 hinds of superior genetic worth. 50 of these hinds will be 2nd calvers with the balance being 3 - 5 years old as we seek to speed up the rate of genetic gain.