Sheep news

All the latest sheep farming news from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the sheep farming sector.

NEWS
COVID-19: Uncertainty around Kildare Chilling reopening
An outbreak of COVID-19 at the meat plant has meant the intake of animals has been temporarily suspended.
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Sheep management: selecting rams and pre-mating vaccinations
Spending some times assessing the physical and genetic attributes of rams will pay dividends in the long term.
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Autumn grazing management needs to start in early August
If you struggle to start to build a surplus of grass in August, then you are likely to face significant challenges in developing the grass reserves you need.
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2020 Grassland Farmer of the Year competition launched
There is €30,000 in prize funds and closing date for receipt of entry forms is 31 August 2020, writes Aidan Brennan
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Sweetgrass® - a high-nitrogen fertiliser with added sodium produced by Gouldings
As summer growth hits its peak, grass naturally becomes more fibrous, making it less palatable and digestible for grazing. Fibre content can rise from 35% in leafy grass to 50% in stemmy grass.
WATCH: Farm Tech Talk - the Livestock Show
It's heading for the middle of August and it's all go for weaning sucklers, breeding sheep and baling straw, writes Jack Kennedy.
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MARKETS
Sheep price update: prices stabilise as throughput falls
Many sheep producers have held off drafting lambs in response to the lower prices on offer, leading to some plants increasing prices paid by 5c/kg in an attempt to close sales.
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Casein in the Irish dairy industry
Margaret Butler, dairy ingredients manager, Bord Bia explains the importance of one of the less well known products in the dairy industry.
Irish Shows Association Virtual Show 2020 - the show must go on(line)!
2020 is a very different year for our showing community and the Irish Shows Association has been inspired to adapt to the new normal and look to technology to keep the show on the road.
COVID-19 is changing food choices for good
Rory McDonnell, head of strategic insight and planning at Bord Bia, examines some of the changing consumer habits as a result of COVID-19.
Bonanza Calf Nutrition key points to be aware of preparing for calves at grass
We are improving our calf management year-on-year; refining it, focusing on new aspects, raising the target bar.