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Darren Carty
Darren Carty

Livestock specialist

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Darren Carty is a livestock specialist in the Irish Farmers Journal specialising in the sheep and beef sectors. Areas focused on include technical features, grassland management, herd health, breeding and domestic and global market analysis. Darren is a committee member of the Irish Grassland Association and also sits on the management team of the Teagasc / Irish Farmers Journal and the Dairy Calf to Beef programme. He holds an honours degree in Animal Science from University College Dublin. Previous to joining the farmers Journal he worked as a Teagasc adviser in Galway. He hails from a suckler and sheep farm in county Galway. Aside from farming, he has a keen interest in sports.

Factories are trying hard to keep a lid on price, but cracks are appearing as demand rises.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
An increase in factory quotes is softening some of the frustration suppliers have over the clean livestock policy.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
The implementation of the Clean Livestock Policy is adding to an already tightening pool of sheep, with factories lifting prices by 10c/kg to 20c/kg to entice higher numbers forward.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
The way in which category C lambs are being dealt with under the clean livestock policy is said to be reviewed this week.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
There has been between 5% and 10% of sheep categorised as category C across all plants in the last week and rejected for slaughter.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
Factories are much more active in sourcing stock, but do not want to budge on price, while sellers realise they have greater bargaining power and are holding out for higher prices.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
This week's notes cover advice for dealing with tight straw supplies, hygiene at lambing and meeting a rising dietary protein demand in late pregnancy.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
Straw supplies are tight across the country while a higher cost is deterring producers from purchasing the same quantity as usual.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
Factories have become much more active in sourcing stock and while buyers are trying to keep a lid on prices, there are cracks appearing in this stance.
By Darren Carty on 12 February 2018
Farmers are having difficulty getting ewes and lambs turned out, while poor winter and spring growth could put pressure on grass supplies.
By Darren Carty on 15 February 2018
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