Attracting a steady flow of new entrants into sheep farming has been a challenge in recent years. Thankfully, schemes such as the Young Farmer Scheme and National Reserve are helping to slowly change this trend and attract young interest into sheep and beef enterprises, while the Sheep Welfare Scheme has also been a welcome support mechanism.

Dylan Leybourne hails from Tullow, Co Carlow, and is currently putting final preparations in place to have ewe lambs ready for the Tullow Sheep Breeders Association first sale on 9 August. This will be his second lamb crop to sell, having established a 230-Cheviot ewe flock in 2016.