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: grass, weaning lambs and wellbeing of dogs
Grass growth rates are significantly exceeding stock demand while swards are heading out faster with a lower leaf to stem ratio and creating challenges in maintaining quality grazing.
Management practices should influence lamb castration decisions
With lambs only permitted to be castrated under three months of age, some farmers will need to make management decisions in the coming weeks.
Sheep price update: quotes hit with another 20c/kg cut
The pull in factory prices has had a knock-on effect on the mart trade, with sales held in recent days reporting prices easing by anywhere from €3 to €8 per head.
Sheep Price: base quotes steady at €7.00/kg to €7.10/kg
The reduction in base quotes leaves lamb prices ranging in the main from €7.15/kg to €7.30/kg, with top prices recorded at €7.35/kg to €7.40/kg.
The Grass Week: mid-season grass measuring
John Crowe takes a look at what figures are important when measuring grass in the mid-season.
The Grass Week: managing your spring reseed
As many early reseeds hit the six-week stage, John Crowe takes a look at the next steps in establishing the new sward.
Watch: Farm Tech Talk - The Livestock Show
This week, we talk the next steps if you got a REAP rejection letter and where next for improving the image of dairy farmers.
Summer sheep welfare scheme health measures
There are four health measures where attention may be required including parasite control, flystrike control, lameness control and mineral supplementation of lambs pre-weaning.
Newford Farm update: bullocks averaging 505kg and heifers 484kg
The target is to draft a high percentage of heifers off grass without concentrate feeding from the end of July onwards.
Thrive weekly round-up: controlling grass supply and quality
This week's Thrive dairy-beef programme round-up concentrates on maintaining grass supply and grazing quality, as high grass growth rates are experienced across the country.
Tullamore Farm: fertility problems with the stock bull
The stock bull was found to be infertile on Tullamore Farm this week. Declan Marren speaks to farm manager Shaun Diver on how it was discovered.
Thrive: managing grass quality
Declan Marren provides an update from the Thrive demonstration farm, where steps are being taken to manage grass quality as seed heads emerge across the farm.
Tillage farmers getting set for autumn drilling
Seedtech is hosting its trade walks in trial grounds in Faithlegg, Co Waterford, which will bring news from its extensive research trials programme.
Protect your future yields with Zoetis
Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a hidden disease in many beef and dairy herds, and one that can prove costly.
Community benefit a key theme from Shaping Our Electricity Future consultation
EirGrid, operator of the national electricity grid, will next week close its nationwide consultation on Shaping Our Electricity Future.
This is why you should check the knives in your diet feeder regularly
It is important to regularly check the knives in your diet feeder for wear and tear. Damaged or worn knives may result in a host of unforeseen costs.
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