Shearing lambs: Recent discussions on finishing store lambs continue to raise follow-on questions, with a couple received this week on the merits of shearing lambs. Extensive research has been carried out in this area by Teagasc in recent years. Trials carried out in Mellows Campus Athenry show no production benefits in terms of daily liveweight gain from shearing lambs.

There can be advantages in terms of management, with shearing preventing hill lambs grazing outdoors from getting caught in briars while fully shearing lambs or crutching the area around the tail head and belly region can help to keep lambs cleaner where finished indoors or on forage crops and satisfy the requirements of the clean livestock policy (CLP).