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Sheep
Department confirm SIS-genotyped ram requirements
Darren Carty
For hill breeds a ram needs to be DNA sire-verified by Sheep Ireland rather than the initial requirement listed of purchasing a genotyped four- or five-star ram.
30 November 2022 Management
Sheep Management: liver fluke forecast and Sheep Improvement Scheme actions
The forecast predicts infection being prevalent in the west and northwest with occasional losses in the midlands, east Munster and north Leinster.
26 November 2022 Management
Department confirms SIS-genotyped ram requirements
For hill breeds a ram needs to be DNA sire-verified by Sheep Ireland rather than the initial requirement listed of purchasing a genotyped four- or five-star ram.
Sheep Management: dealing with external parasite issues in sheep
The adverse weather is making any external parasite issues very visible, with sheep scratching their neck and quickly soiling fleeces.
16 November 2022 Management
Subsidy sought for feeding hill lambs
Demand for light hill lambs has collapsed leaving Scottish Blackface lambs weighing less than 28kg selling below the €2/kg mark and as low as €1.60/kg to €1.70/kg.
19 October 2022 News
Trade hit and miss in sheep breeding sales
The trade for poor-quality ewe hoggets is poor while the clearance rate in many ram sales has been well below par.
5 October 2022 News
Sire verified Cheviots sell to €3,000 in Donegal
There was a vibrant trade for top-quality rams at last week’s sale, with eight of the 49 rams entered topping €1,000, while rams traded on the day recorded a fine average of €839 per head.
5 October 2022 Pedigree
€2,010 for sale topper in Kerry Blackface ram show and sale
There was an excellent turnout of rams at the Kerry Blackface Sheep Breeders Association show and sale at Milltown Mart last Saturday.
28 September 2022 Pedigree
New South of Ireland Lanark Sheep Breeders group launched
The group will hold its inaugural sale of almost 200 breeding rams in Roscommon Mart on 1 October.
28 September 2022 News
Guarding against inbreeding in hill sheep flocks
Eamon Wall, Sheep Ireland, outlines the steps that breeding groups and ram breeders can take to reduce the risk of inbreeding and reassure customers they are not purchasing any such issues.
21 September 2022 Breeding & health
Sheep Management: Best practice dipping and hill sheep breeding strategies
The success of dipping to control external parasites will be governed by ensuring the dipping batch is kept clean and product is topped up as necessary.
14 September 2022 Management
Young Stock Podcast: Sheep, shearing and Sligo with Karol Devaney
Karol Devaney chats to Anne O'Donoghue about re-learning to shear on his right hand, starting his own clothing business and living on the side of Benbulben.
18 July 2022 News