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.

Guarding against inbreeding in hill sheep flocks
Darren Carty
Eamon Wall, Sheep Ireland, outlines the steps that breeding groups and ram breeders can take to reduce the risk of inbreeding and reassure customers they are not purchasing any such issues.
7 September 2022 Pedigree
Rouge hit record €1,470 in Tullamore
Adam Woods reports from the Irish Rouge Sheep Society’s premier show and sale in Tullamore Mart.
31 August 2022 Pedigree
Blue Texels hit €2,600 in Carrick
Adam Woods reports from the Carrick-on-Shannon showgrounds last weekend where the Irish Blue Texel Sheep Society held its annual premier show and sale.
Lameness in sheep: diagnosing, preventing and treating
Lameness is estimated to cost Irish sheep farmers €5m annually through loss of production regarding weight gain and fertility.
31 August 2022 Animal Health
Testing dosing efficacy with a faecal egg count reduction test
Now is a good time of year to carry out faecal egg count reduction tests as worm burdens in pasture are likely to be at a high level.
31 August 2022 Animal Health
Autumn animal health checks
Declan Marren has an overview of the autumn animal health focus which covers vaccination protocols, anthelmintic resistance and preparing ewes for the breeding season.
31 August 2022 Breeding & health
Putting a mineral supplementation programme in place under SWS
Mineral supplementation covering a period of 60 days must be introduced post-mating, with this date categorised as the day on which ewes are joined with rams.
27 August 2022 Breeding & health
Daredevil does the business at €13,000
Adam Woods reports from the Irish Texel Sheep Society’s premier show and sale of males and females in Blessington mart.
24 August 2022 Pedigree
Suffolks top €1,600 in Roscrea
Adam Woods reports from the Irish Suffolk Sheep Society premier show and sale held in Roscrea mart, Co Tipperary, last week.
17 August 2022 Pedigree
Blue Texel Premier in Carrick-on-Shannon this weekend
Adam Woods previews next weekend’s Blue Texel premier, which takes place in the showgrounds in Carrick-on-Shannon.
15 August 2022 Breeding & health
How to enter the Irish Texel Sheep Society writing competition
The Irish Texel Sheep Society, in association with the Irish Farmers Journal, is running a writing competition for young Texel enthusiasts. Read more here.
10 August 2022 Pedigree
Taking steps to preempt cobalt deficiency
July and August are two months where significant issues start to emerge and lamb performance begins to suffer.
6 August 2022 Breeding & health