Sheep Management

Farm Programmes
NI Sheep Programme: Top tips for the breeding season
Kieran Mailey
On sheep farms operating March lambing flocks, outlined are some tips to manage animals through the upcoming breeding season.
28 September 2022 Management
Sheep Management: temporary sheep movements and tagging
Keeping on the right side of official notifications when moving sheep off farm to temporary grazing features in this week’s sheep management notes.
24 September 2022 Tullamore Farm
Lamb slaughter performance recovers on Tullamore Farm
The average kill-out of 30 lambs drafted on Thursday 22 September was 44.8% compared with just 42.2% for the last batch slaughtered on 1 September 2022.
Sheep Management: ram breeding concerns, health risks and SWS tasks
Breeding is around the corner for many flocks, and plans should now be at an advanced stage including the flock breeding policy.
21 September 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: Getting ewes ready for breeding at Tynan Abbey
Kate Kingan and Peter Mant are making final preparations before the rams go out with the ewes on 1 October. Kieran Mailey reports.
21 September 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Sheep Management: Best practice dipping and hill sheep breeding strategies
The success of dipping to control external parasites will be governed by ensuring the dipping batch is kept clean and product is topped up as necessary.
14 September 2022 Management
Tullamore Farm: lambs kill out at 42% as poor growth rates linger
Martin Merrick chats to Tullamore Farm manager Shaun Diver about what's been happening on the farm this week.
9 September 2022 Management
Lamb drafting challenges laid bare in Tullamore Farm
The average killout of 82 lambs recently slaughtered was recorded at 42.2% but this ranged from as low as 38.5% killout to a top of 48.4%.
7 September 2022 Tullamore Farm
Sheep Management: slaughter performance, grazing plans and cobalt deficiency.
Management practices on all farms should take stock of lamb drafting progress and trying to get autumn grazing plans back on track.
7 September 2022 Management
Buying a ram or getting ready for breeding – what do I need to look out for?
A quick and simple physical examination can identify a high percentage of the undesirable traits a ram can possess. Darren Carty reports
3 September 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: Building grass covers for autumn
James McCay is busy drafting lambs for sale and building grass covers for autumn on his Co Tyrone farm. Kieran Mailey reports.
31 August 2022 Management
Sheep Management: autumn grazing plans, lime and optimum lambing dates
With the year quickly pushing on management practices need to ensure that autumn grazing plans remain on track.
31 August 2022 Management