Sheep Farming News

Key practices driving a successful Donegal enterprise
Darren Carty
Over 300 farmers flocked to the recent IGA sheep farm walk to get a glimpse of the farming system run by Margaret and Jack Stevenson.
One in four small farmers plan on leasing land - survey
22 May 2024 News
One in four small farmers plan on leasing land - survey
If these farmers act on their plans, 4% of the country's entire farmland area could enter the leasing market before 2030.
Most small farms have an income below €5,000
22 May 2024 News
Most small farms have an income below €5,000
Teagasc analysis of NFS data shows that approximately 36% of country's farms had an output lower than €8,000 in 2020.
Over one third of Irish farms’ output below €8,000 in 2022
A Teagasc study has found that the average income on beef and sheep farms classed as small came to only €2,638 in 2022.
21 May 2024 News
‘Shearfest’ extravaganza on June bank holiday weekend
The Kepak All-Ireland and All Nations Sheep Shearing Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 June, in the grounds of Mountbellew Co-operative Mart. Darren Carty reports.
19 May 2024 Sheep handling
Over 435,000 live sheep imported last year
The tonnage of sheepmeat imported over the past 10 years was at its highest in 2023 and 2022.
18 May 2024 News
Schemes update: last chance to apply to sheep welfare scheme
The scheme, which offers payment of €8 per ewe for completion of two actions, closes for applications on Tuesday 21 May 2024.
17 May 2024 News
Cotter Agritech showcasing new handling equipment
The company is holding open days next week in Kilkenny and Mayo and will be demonstrating new mobile versions of the Cotter Crate and their automated drenching gun.
15 May 2024 Sheep handling
Watch: milking up to 300 organic ewes at the foot of Mount Olympus in Greece
Michalis Avdanas and Catherina Kelliga milk 300 ewes in Elassóna, Greece. The farm started out with just 40 sheep and there are future plans to expand the flock to 500. Anne O’Donoghue reports.
8 May 2024 Feature
Later completion dates for hill farmers in new sheep scheme
The INHFA said that where a farmer avails of the later completion date, it will mean their payment under the scheme will not be paid "until the end of December or early January".
3 May 2024 News
New campaign to remind dog owners of their responsibilities
Dog owners are to be reminded that they are responsible for controlling their dogs at all times.
22 April 2024 News
National Sheep Welfare Scheme: reader queries answered
The Department of Agriculture has answered important queries which are not addressed in the scheme's terms and conditions.
19 April 2024 News