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.

National Sheep Breed Improvement Levy increasing to 15c/head
Darren Carty
The 7c levy charged on every animal processed in the five main sheep factories since 2012 will increase to 15c/head for every animal processed in these plants from 1 April 2023. Darren Carty reports.
18 March 2023 Breeding & health
Beware of a higher risk of mastitis
Previous research shows that inclement weather, challenging ground conditions and nutritional stress will increase the risk of mastitis.
10 March 2023 Breeding & health
Sheep health corner: dealing with entropion, a seldom but frustrating ailment
The condition generally expresses itself in newborn lambs in the first 24 hours of life and causes sore eyes and significant discomfort in lambs.
Financial benefits central for flock health planning uptake
Jason Barley, AFBI, says that cash benefits for farmers will increase buy in to flock health and production plans.
1 March 2023 Animal Health
Almost 6,000 hill rams needed for Sheep Improvement Scheme
With hill flocks making up just 55 of the 1,744 flocks performance recording with Sheep Ireland, Kevin McDermott says there is huge potential to develop a structured breeding programme.
1 March 2023 Breeding & health
Double down on hygiene this lambing season
Mortality in lambs is greatest in the first 72 hours of life. Good hygiene practices in the lambing shed will go a long way to help reduce this. Declan Marren reports.
8 February 2023 Breeding & health
Watch: Farm Tech Talk - The Livestock Show
On this week's show, Jack Kennedy speaks to Adam Woods, Declan Marren and Lorcan Roche Kelly about all that is happening in the world of Irish agriculture.
3 February 2023 Management
Liver fluke costing the industry €1.2m per year
On last week’s Teagasc Let’s Talk Sheep webinar, Dr Orla Keane warned farmers that the risk of liver fluke will be particularly high in the West and North West this season.
28 December 2022 Breeding & health
Royal Highland Show 2023 judges list revealed
Shanon Kinahan takes a look at the 2023 Royal Highland Show judges list, which is set to see judges travel from all over the world.
21 December 2022 Pedigree
Festive Texel female sale in Ballymena set to be a cracker
89 lots of the finest Texel females will be offered for sale on Tuesday night in Ballymena.
19 December 2022 Pedigree
Derrylahan Texel dispersal to take place in Ballinrobe
Adam Woods previews the Derrylahan Texel flock dispersal sale which takes place this weekend in Aurivo Mart, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.
7 December 2022 Pedigree
Sheep dipping facilities: keeping the environment and your own health in mind
With sheep dip being one of the most hazardous tasks undertaken on a sheep farm, a proper dipping system in place is required to keep risks to human health and the environment to a minimum.
7 December 2022 Buildings