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Sheep
Taking steps to preempt cobalt deficiency
Darren Carty
July and August are two months where significant issues start to emerge and lamb performance begins to suffer.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Is an animal’s scrapie genotype associated with performance?
Scrapie genotypes collected via the Sheep Ireland genotyping programme are providing an insight into the presence of scrapie susceptible genes. Noirin McHugh*, Teagasc, reports.
6 July 2022 Management
Sheep Management: blowfly strike, weighing scales calibration and FEC
The risk of flystrike in lambs is likely to increase in the coming weeks and farmers should be on guard to pre-empt issues and ensure performance is not compromised.
NI Sheep Programme: weather holds up silage plans in Fermanagh
This week, Roy and Marilyn Mayers give an update on what's happening on their Co Fermanagh farm. Kieran Mailey reports.
NI Sheep Programme: drafting spring lambs under way
Co Tyrone sheep farmer Mark Davidson has started drafting this year's lamb crop for slaughter. Kieran Mailey reports.
Taking on the challenge of reaching net zero farming
Co Antrim sheep farmers Roger and Hillary Bell held a farm walk where they outlined how their farm is planning to get to net zero carbon. Kieran Mailey reports.
8 June 2022 Management
Sheep management: grassland management, TAMS and safety precautions
Lamb performance frequently dips on many farms due to poor-quality grass in the pre and post-weaning period, potentially undoing the good work in early lactation.
1 June 2022 Management
Potential to finish lambs 10 days quicker with clover swards
The ongoing research in Teagasc Athenry identified that a system with a stocking rate of 11 ewes/ha offered the best prospect, with lower levels of output balanced by reduced input costs.
1 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Sheep Management: drafting lambs, grassland management and CT scanning
Lamb performance has improved in recent weeks on the back of increased grass supplies and higher temperatures and producers need to be mindful to draft lambs regularly.
11 May 2022 Management
10-point plan for early season dosing
Darren Carty speaks with Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc sheep specialist, as part of the industry supported initiative to combat anthelmintic resistance in sheep.
Using wire to grow and utilise more grass
With input costs experiencing a sharp hike in price, farmers need to make use of all options at their disposal including improving grazing infrastructure.
27 April 2022 Infrastructure
Coming to terms with escalating input costs
The majority of farmers are not in a position to purchase similar volumes of fertiliser and with concentrate costs also increasing options are limited.
27 April 2022 Management