Sheep - Grass and Management

Early lactation feeding advice for all situations
Darren Carty
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.
Prioritising fertiliser to get grass moving
13 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.
Multi-species sward and red clover silage measures - your questions answered
10 March 2024 Grass & feeding
Multi-species sward and red clover silage measures - your questions answered
The Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers for the measures which opened for applications this week.
Organic farming - firm focus needed on feed quality
All farmers need to be conscious of feed quality but with over 2,000 sheep producers now farming organically, there is a growing spotlight on organic feed.
7 February 2024 Grass & feeding
Hill lambs gaining an average of 130g daily on forage crops
An update on the Teagasc trial exploring the potential of forage crops in hill lamb finishing systems, is throwing up some interesting results.
3 January 2024 Grass & feeding
Keeping condition on ewes this winter
The body condition of ewes is under the radar with inclement weather presenting continual challenges, grass supplies diminishing rapidly and utilisation at a low level.
29 November 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: grazing targets, lime scheme extension and farm yard manure
Despite earlier indications that ground conditions might improve, drying over the Bank Holiday weekend is set to be very poor.
28 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Mid-season flocks should have first paddocks closed
Research carried out in Teagasc Athenry shows that mid-season flocks with a stocking rate of 10 to 12 ewes/ha should have 20% of the grazing area closed by mid-October.
25 October 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: fluctuating rainfall levels affecting grazing plans
Heavier than normal rainfall in the east has led to on-off grazing, while a drier week in the west has allowed some stock to return to paddocks.
14 October 2023 Grass & feeding
Utilising the Teagasc store lamb finishing calculator
The calculator can be successfully used in helping to make decisions about purchasing lambs and can also be used to complete a finishing budget for lambs remaining on farm.
7 October 2023 Winter Feed
The Grass Week: grazing struggles see a reprieve with improved weather
The warmer and more settled weather may allow some farmers who housed cows over the past week or so to get them back out again.
7 October 2023 Grass & feeding
The Grass Week: grazing season ends for some as rain takes its toll
Some farmers in heavier ground have had to face the inevitable and house stock due to the incessant rain.
30 September 2023 Grass & feeding