The Irish Farmers Journal is dedicated to providing up to the minute informative sheep farming news and information for breeding and advice for a healthy sheep herd.

Demand for SIS hill rams to jump 75% in 2024
Darren Carty
Sheep Ireland’s David Coen told farmers at the Teagasc hill sheep conference that more genotyped rams will be required to meet demand.
Liver fluke still causing significant issues
14 February 2024 Breeding & health
Liver fluke still causing significant issues
Farmers need to be mindful to ensure the control programme implemented is adequate, and use all available information to explore the level of risk that animals are facing.
What feeds represent good value in 2024?
11 February 2024 Lambing
What feeds represent good value in 2024?
At the recent Teagasc lowland sheep conferences, Teagasc’s Tim Keady outlined the relative value of feeds and detailed the organisation's concentrate formulation for this season.
Mortality records provide valuable insight
Recording the number of deaths, the age of animals when they die and the likely cause can shed light on the extent of any health issues and help in putting preventative plans in place.
7 February 2024 Lambing
Tullamore Farm update: ewes scan at 1.8 lambs per ewe joined
The average litter size was reduced by a higher than normal barren rate of 6% and a lower litter size in suckled 2022-born hoggets.
17 January 2024 Breeding & health
North East Texel twilight sale sparkles at €4,500
Adam Woods was ringside at the annual Texel twlight sale of in-lamb hoggets.
3 January 2024 Pedigree
Treemore Texels hit €3,200 in Tullow
Adam Woods reports from last weekend’s South East Stars sale which took place in Tullow Mart in Co Carlow.
3 January 2024 Pedigree
Liver fluke warning as deaths seen in eight-month-old weanlings
The warning from the Animal Health Surveillance Unit is based on unusually late cases of acute liver fluke in sheep and sub-acute disease in cattle.
23 December 2023 Breeding & health
Texel twilight sale in Carnaross
Adam Woods takes a look at an upcoming Christmas Texel sale in Carnaross Mart.
20 December 2023 Pedigree
Reducing methane emissions in sheep through breeding and genetics
Methane economic breeding values were launched in 2023 and star ratings for methane will be introduced to the sheep breeding programme in 2024.
13 December 2023 Breeding & health
December health corner – eye issues and liver fluke
Reports indicate that the change in weather and increase in supplementary feeding is giving rise to more eye-related problems, while liver fluke remains a concern.
6 December 2023 Breeding & health
Breeding coming to a close for Tullamore Farm ewes
90% of mature ewes have now been serviced, with the ram having now also gone in with replacement ewe lambs.
3 November 2023 Tullamore Farm