Slatted floors for sheep and calves: the pros and cons
Martin Merrick
With the recent straw shortages and another mediocre harvest on the cards, Martin Merrick analyses what merits there are in having slatted flooring vs. straw bedded for drystock.
20 March 2024 News
In-lamb ewes stolen in Donegal
It is understood that seven in-lamb ewes were taken from a field in the area sometime on Saturday 9 March.
28 February 2024 Markets
Sheep mart prices: vibrant trade but variability reported
Some marts have seen prices increase by another €3 to €5/head on average, while others recorded a steady trade, with agents more coy in their purchasing activity.
PSNI investigating 63 sheep stolen in two Derry thefts
Most recently, 13 Suffolk-cross-Texel in-lamb ewes were taken from a field at the junction of the Kilcreen and Altinure roads.
20 February 2024 News
News in-brief from Northern Ireland
News in-brief from across the farming and food industry in Northern Ireland.
31 January 2024 Northern Ireland
Sheep mart comment: welcome boost for all categories of sheep
Factory agents displayed more bite for fleshed lambs and cull ewes, while farmers and specialist finishers were much more active for store lambs.
17 January 2024 Markets
Camera at the Mart: 550 in-lamb ewes average €180/head in lively Tullow sale
Over 50% of the younger and larger-framed ewes sold from €180 to €220, with a top price of €272 paid for a small batch of four quality ewes.
17 January 2024 Markets
In-lamb ewes sell to £260 at Ballymena Mart
The annual sale of in-lamb ewes from Simon Loughery topped out at £260 in Ballymena Mart.
17 January 2024 Northern Ireland
500 in-lamb ewes going under the hammer in Tullow Mart
The dispersal sale of well-known mart manager Eric Driver is taking place on Saturday 13 January in Tullow Mart at 1pm.
12 January 2024 News
Camera at the Mart: in-lamb ewes sell to €198 in Tuam Mart
The 50 second- and third-crop ewes lambing from 20 January were carrying 1.8 to two lambs and averaged just over €180/head.
3 January 2024 Markets
Sheep mart comment: sales start new year on brighter footing
The number of sales held this week have been smaller and entries lower and this is helping to insert more competition into the trade for lambs.
3 January 2024 Markets
Firmount flock bows out in Carrick with top of €3,200
The culmination of 2023 saw the Firmount Flock bow out in style at the club's annual female dispersal in Carrick-on-Shannon.
3 January 2024 Pedigree