Sheep farming

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Sheep Management: days left to sheep welfare scheme deadline
Sheep Management: days left to sheep welfare scheme deadline
The closing date for the scheme offering payment of €8 per breeding female in return for completing two actions is approaching fast on 21 May 2024.
NSWS payment can help offset global slump in wool prices
NSWS payment can help offset global slump in wool prices
The scheme offering payment of €8 per ewe in return for completing two actions closes on 21 May 2024.
In pictures: lambs sell to €5/kg in Dowra Mart
In pictures: lambs sell to €5/kg in Dowra Mart
There was a lightning trade for lambs and hoggets, with competition boosted by live export buying and demand outstripping supplies.
Sheep price update: firm trade with quotes for QA lamb opening at €9.50/kg
Sheep price update: firm trade with quotes for QA lamb opening at €9.50/kg
While the number of lambs coming on stream is slowly increasing, it is failing to compensate for hogget throughput following its seasonal decline.
Timing of treatment critical to optimum weed control
Timing of treatment critical to optimum weed control
The lift in temperatures in the last two weeks has boosted grass growth rates but the growth of weeds has also taken off.
The Grass Week: grass growth set to rocket, but so are weeds
The Grass Week: grass growth set to rocket, but so are weeds
It seems spring has finally sprung (in May) and growth is now exceeding on-farm demands for many, though the conditions will also favour weed growth.
Blowfly and tick risk season on the horizon
Blowfly and tick risk season on the horizon
The inclement weather experienced to date in 2024 has left few farmers thinking about blowfly and tick control but this situation will quickly change.
Brand new Zurich Farm Insurance NSBA Crossbreed All-Ireland finals launched
Brand new Zurich Farm Insurance NSBA Crossbreed All-Ireland finals launched
Shanon Kinahan has all the details of the upcoming and newly launched Zurich Farm Insurance NSBA Crossbreed All-Ireland finals.
Tillage Podcast: walking crops in sunny Waterford
Tillage Podcast: walking crops in sunny Waterford
On this week’s show, we chat to a Waterford farmer and have a report on crops across the country from agronomists.
Cereal planting nearing completion
Cereal planting nearing completion
This week, Conor Kehoe talks to farmers in Dublin, Wexford, and Laois as the planting focus turns to maize and vegetables.
Pedigree cattle and pollinators in Kildare
Pedigree cattle and pollinators in Kildare
The Pollinators EIP Project is a valuable reminder of the role farmers play in integrating biodiversity into farming practice, writes Brendan Dunford.
Tullamore Farm update: collars simplifying heat detection
Tullamore Farm update: collars simplifying heat detection
The recently installed heat and health detection collars on Tullamore Farm have started to make breeding much easier on the farm.
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urgedSPONSORED
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urged
Heightened risks of soil and slurry contamination in first-cut grass silage after the wet winter will require extra vigilance with silage making this season, an expert is urging.
Irish beef sales in Britain still growingSPONSORED
Irish beef sales in Britain still growing
Bord Bia meat and organics market specialist Seán Deane reports that Irish beef sales in Britain continued to grow in the first two months of 2024, building on last year's strong performance.
Outpacing the field with the only non-stop baler, the Kverneland FastBaleSPONSORED
Outpacing the field with the only non-stop baler, the Kverneland FastBale
In Clogheen, Co Tipperary, Thomas Moloney, alongside his father Jim, has been steering the family business through the evolving landscape of Irish agriculture for over six decades.
How FRS fencing and DURA² helped transform our home and farmSPONSORED
How FRS fencing and DURA² helped transform our home and farm
DURA² fencing provided John Paul Bennett and his wife Laura with a durable and environmentally friendly fencing solution for their home and farm.
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