Sheep farming

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

Sheep Management: variable lamb performance and pasteurellosis
Some farmers are reporting poor lamb thrive despite animals grazing on good-quality grass while factory procurement personnel are also reporting significant variation in slaughter performance.
NI Sheep Programme: time for pre-breeding checks on rams
With breeding little over one month away for mid-season lambing flocks, now is the time to check the physical condition of rams. Kieran Mailey writes.
Sheep Trends: lambs trading in the main from €5.90/kg to €6.10/kg
Reports from producer groups and mart managers raise the possibility of lamb supplies falling to a slightly lower level for this week’s kill.
NI Trends: prime cattle prices remain above 400p/kg; mixed trade for fat lambs
Beef prices in Northern Ireland remain unchanged, with factories paying over 400p/kg for prime cattle. In the lamb trade, farmers are resisting factory price cuts.
Grass+: hitting peak average grass cover on farms
John Crowe and Declan Marren discuss peak average farm cover targets and spreading lime and potash.
Excellent conditions for achieving target residuals
John Crowe and Declan Marren discuss growth rates and achieving good graze outs as we head into last couple of rotations.
Texel ram tops £65,000 in Kelso
John Sleigh reports from the Kelso ram sales held in Scotland last week.
50 years of research on Scottish hill farms
The SRUC’s farms in Kirkton and Auchtertyre stretch to 2,200ha and are home to 1,400 breeding ewes spanning across some of the most challenging terrain with an average rainfall level of 2.6m/year.
Watch: Dairylink participant Richard Marshall's virtual farm walk and talk
Richard Marshall and his father John are dairy farming to a high level on the outskirts of Omagh, Co Tyrone.
Tight calving paying dividends in Tyrone
A compact calving period has allowed Richard Marshall to fully exploit the potential of his herd
Watch: Dairylink participant Richard Marshall's virtual farm walk and talk
Richard Marshall and his father John are dairy farming to a high level on the outskirts of Omagh, Co Tyrone.
From the Tramlines: spring beans slow to mature in the north
This week, Stephen Robb talks to growers from counties Down, Derry and Kerry where growers are waiting for the spring bean harvest to begin.
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Challenging times: farmers are under siege
Resilience in the face of continued adversity, farmers always find a way.
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