Sheep - Grass and Management

Coming out the right side of a challenging year
Darren Carty
Roscommon farmer Shane Moore told farmers at a recent farm walk that despite being one of the most challenging years experienced lamb performance is surprisingly positive.
What you need to know about grassland pesticide use
16 June 2024 Nitrates
What you need to know about grassland pesticide use
The use of pesticides is now governed by conditionality, meaning that if breaches occur it may pose a risk to CAP payments, writes Darren Carty.
The Grass Week: dip in growth and quality
8 June 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: dip in growth and quality
A mixture of a dip in growth and farmers trying to correct grass is leaving farms at risk of running tight on grass.
The Grass Week: keeping quality in grazing ground and fertilising second cuts
We are approaching the time of the year for grasses to head out, so it is also when grass quality can go downhill in grazing and silage swards.
25 May 2024 Grass & feeding
Timing of treatment critical to optimum weed control
The lift in temperatures in the last two weeks has boosted grass growth rates but the growth of weeds has also taken off.
12 May 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: grass growth set to rocket, but so are weeds
It seems spring has finally sprung (in May) and growth is now exceeding on-farm demands for many, though the conditions will also favour weed growth.
11 May 2024 Grass & feeding
Focus on grass driving performance in Donegal
The mother and son team of Margaret and Jack Stevenson are running a high-performing 500-head ewe flock alongside a 30 head suckler-to-weaning enterprise in Donegal.
8 May 2024 Grass & feeding
Know the fertiliser N and P limits for grassland
The introduction of the fertiliser database has put a greater focus on determining fertiliser allowances with potential penalties liable if limits are exceeded.
1 May 2024 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: heavy covers causing headaches while others struggle for supply
Delayed turn-out has caused for some heavy covers to hit production on farms and what to do with these will depend on individual farms.
27 April 2024 Grass & feeding
Exploring lower cost fencing options for sheep
An escalation in input prices in recent years has put a greater focus on driving performance from a grass-based system, but some fencing options have also become more costly.
24 April 2024 Infrastructure
Early lactation feeding advice for all situations
The continued inclement weather is creating many challenges for flocks lambing, with grass reserves being depleted fast on many farms, where it was impossible to get slurry or fertiliser applied.
20 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Prioritising fertiliser to get grass moving
Above normal winter temperatures supported relatively positive winter grass growth but fertiliser will now be required to drive on spring grass growth.
13 March 2024 Grass & feeding