Last Wednesday’s farm walk hosted by Roscommon farmer Niall Byrne who farms in Cam, Brideswell, Athlone attracted massive interest with a crowd of over 250 farmers in attendance. The event, jointly organised by Teagasc Roscommon region and Kepak Athleague, focused on finishing lambs on redstart and lamb presentation under the Clean Livestock Policy.
Niall operates a mixed cattle and sheep enterprise on 60ha (148ac) of dry land which is fragmented into four parcels. The cattle to sheep ratio is a 60:40 split with mixed grazing utilised where possible throughout the year. The sheep enterprise comprises a 200-head mid-season lambing ewe flock with replacements homebred. The breeding policy utilises Suffolk and Texel genetics and Niall’s Teagasc adviser James Kelly outlined a top-class system with the flock weaning 1.7 lambs per ewe to the ram.