Sheep farmers in NI can produce grass yields to rival their beef and dairy counterparts by making simple improvements to grassland management, Dr Elizabeth Earle from AgriSearch told farmers at the National Sheep Association (NSA) event at Ballymena Mart on Monday.

On the GrassCheck programme last year, sheep farms grew 9.4t DM/ha of grass on average, compared to 10.5t DM/ha on participating beef farms and 11.7t DM/ha on dairy units. Participants were able to utilise 80-90% of grass grown.