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Darren Carty is a livestock specialist in the Irish Farmers Journal specialising in the sheep and beef sectors. Areas focused on include technical features, grassland management, herd health, breeding and domestic and global market analysis. Darren is a committee member of the Irish Grassland Association and also sits on the management team of the Teagasc / Irish Farmers Journal and the Dairy Calf to Beef programme. He holds an honours degree in Animal Science from University College Dublin. Previous to joining the farmers Journal he worked as a Teagasc adviser in Galway. He hails from a suckler and sheep farm in county Galway. Aside from farming, he has a keen interest in sports.
This week's management notes cover keeping on the importance of a quarantine period for purchased sheep.
By Darren Carty on 24 March 2017
Heifers have slowly increased to a base of €4.00/kg, with factories willing to compete stronger in recent days.
We address some readers' queries following on from last week's article.
This week's management notes cover lambing progress and yearling hoggets.
The mild winter has left ewes in pretty good condition ahead of lambing, which is due to commence in the next week.
While demand is strong, most factories are resisting paying a base of €4.00/kg for heifers.
As is the case in most marts, throughput has fallen off, with supplies reducing and some farmers turning their attention to lambing.
Live exports of calves continue to perform favourably and have exceeded 10,000 for the first time since March 2014.