Lamb finishing costs: This week’s sheep feature on page 38 raises the subject of finishing lambs. When weighing up if it is better to hold lambs and finish on farm or sell as stores, then it is worthwhile completing a finishing budget. The main costs for home-reared lambs include a grass cost, health treatments and concentrate costs.

Many farmers do not include a grass cost as it is often absorbed in the general running cost for the farm. The typical grass cost for lambs is in the region of 5c to 7c/day. Health treatments generally average in the region of €3 to €4 per head if they include preventative treatment for external parasites, worm drench / faecal egg counts, footbathing and clostridial disease vaccination.