Should farmers still consider winter shearing?
Darren Carty
With some flocks delaying shearing of housed ewes due to weather and others looking at its cost, there are farmers asking themselves if they should progress with winter shearing or forget it.
7 September 2022 Tullamore Farm
Lamb drafting challenges laid bare in Tullamore Farm
The average killout of 82 lambs recently slaughtered was recorded at 42.2% but this ranged from as low as 38.5% killout to a top of 48.4%.
31 August 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: Building grass covers for autumn
James McCay is busy drafting lambs for sale and building grass covers for autumn on his Co Tyrone farm. Kieran Mailey reports.
Sheep Management: finishing lambs, grass supplies and the orf vaccine
Reports from mart managers and factory procurement agents highlight continued issues with the flesh cover in lambs and slaughter performance.
24 August 2022 Management
Sheep Management: store lamb presentation, straw requirements and ram sales
With grass supplies below target and many farmers faced with lower drafting rates it is a good time to review your plan for marketing lambs.
17 August 2022 Management
Taking steps to preempt cobalt deficiency
July and August are two months where significant issues start to emerge and lamb performance begins to suffer.
6 August 2022 Breeding & health