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Darren Carty
Darren Carty

Livestock specialist

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087 985 7575


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.

With more than 300,000 extra calves born from an expanding dairy herd since 2010, getting more cattle exported live will be vital to maintaining more balanced supply in the annual kill.
By Darren Carty on 26 February 2017
The AHDB’s annual outlook conference highlighted a carryover of hoggets due to poor thrive and lower lamb performance in 2016.
By Darren Carty on 24 February 2017
Don't skimp on straw despite high prices.
By Darren Carty on 23 February 2017
Darren Carty gives a brief summary of 2016 performance and reports on an in-depth veterinary examination into sub-optimum breeding performance.
By Darren Carty on 23 February 2017
The sheep trade is benefitting from a 10c/kg to 15c/kg rise in hogget prices, with agents working hard to source higher numbers.
By Darren Carty on 23 February 2017
The normal rate of vaginal prolapse in a flock is one in 100 ewes. Additional cases may occur due to a number of factors, which makes preventative measures hard to nail down.
By Darren Carty on 23 February 2017
There is no change to beef prices in the last week, with steers selling on a base of €3.75/kg and heifers at €3.90/kg.
By Darren Carty on 23 February 2017
Ouwintered sheep will quickly show characteristic signs of sheep scab and lice of wool soiled with clay from scratching.
By Darren Carty on 23 February 2017
Reducing supplies in the market place is slowly lifting sheep prices, with factory agents willing to dig deeper to secure sales.
By Darren Carty on 20 February 2017
With calf exports hitting 1,197 head, live exports for the week ending 12 February hit their highest level for 2017 at 2,404 head.
By Darren Carty on 20 February 2017
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