With the current spell of extremely dry weather, the farmers and crofters across the Small Isles are having a difficult time just now. With spring calving in full swing and lambing starting, the extremely dry and cold weather has severely impacted on the growth of grass. Calving and lambing is calendared to tie in with the flush of spring grass, stimulating milk production and allowing the farmers and crofters to cut back on their winter feeding regime. Sheep and cattle concentrate and forage had a big increase in price this winter, due to the extremely wet 2012 harvest. Concentrate went up around £50 per tonne, and hay was around £5 per bale delivered to Eigg. Many of the burns and springs on the hills have dried up, so a splash of rain would be welcome.