Sheep Management

Determining straw requirements for winter housing and lambing
Darren Carty
Higher volumes of straw are coming on to the market at a much earlier stage and farmers should strike while the iron is hot to get their winter straw requirement sorted.
10 August 2022 Management
Sheep Management: attention returns to heatwave management
The highest temperatures are forecast in the east and south, but temperatures will be at a level that can trigger issues right across the country.
3 August 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Looking back on lambing - decisions for the future
As the programme farmers make breeding decisions for this autumn, programme adviser Senan White reviews spring lambing performance and how this info is used to influence breeding decisions.
Sheep Management: guarding against disease entry with a good quarantine protocol
A closed flock policy provides the best protection, but for times when animals must be purchased then the risk can be reduced with an extensive quarantine protocol.
3 August 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: Five management tasks for late summer
Kieran Mailey outlines some of the management tasks to be completed on the programme farms during late summer.
27 July 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Sheep Management: finishing lambs and addressing grass supply challenges
Now is a critical time to review the number and weight of lambs on farm and ensure grass supplies are where they need to be heading in to August.
27 July 2022 Management
Important period for sheep breeding decisions
The sharp increase in fertiliser and concentrate costs in recent months should focus your attention regarding if your chosen lambing date is the most suitable for your flock.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Sheep Management: weaning management, grass supplies and store lamb presentation
Assessing the body condition of weaned ewes and taking steps to limit body condition loss is the most efficient use of feed resources.
20 July 2022 Management
Simplifying grassland management with mixed grazing
Mixed grazing can allow for better weight gain and higher stocking rates, as well as simplifying the system.
19 July 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: replacement selection – EID coming to the fore
Programme adviser Senan White gives an outlined to how some of the programme farmers have begun selecting their potential flock replacements this year.
13 July 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Sheep Management: navigating through the forecast spike in temperatures
With Met Éireann forecasting temperatures to widely reach the mid to high twenties in places precautions will be required to bring animals through this period unaffected.
13 July 2022 Management
Sheep Management: blowfly strike, weighing scales calibration and FEC
The risk of flystrike in lambs is likely to increase in the coming weeks and farmers should be on guard to pre-empt issues and ensure performance is not compromised.
6 July 2022 Management