Farm Programmes
Lamb drafting challenges laid bare in Tullamore Farm
Darren Carty
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.
24 August 2022 Management
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.
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
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.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
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.
6 July 2022 Management
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