Lambing has begun for most lowland flocks in the Teagasc BETTER farm sheep programme, with start dates varying from the end of February to mid-March. The lambing dates for each flock are intended to match grass growth on-farm. Those farming on heavier soils and farms in the northwest tend to start later than farms in the east and south.
As people are all too aware, the weather in February brought record levels of rainfall and has left farmers facing a different challenge compared to this time last year. The average farm cover per hectare for the BETTER sheep farms was, on average, 547kg DM/ha at the end of February. This ranged from 304kg DM/ha to 686kgDM/ha with a target of 600kg DM/ha to 650kg DM/ha.