Sheep Trends: prices steady as numbers recover
Darren Carty
Factory agents have cooled upward momentum in the trade, with an increase in numbers in some areas affording agents some breathing space in sourcing required numbers.
22 November 2022 Management
Student labour: organising additional help for the spring rush
Agricultural and veterinary students are a valuable asset to a busy spring yard, but it’s a case of give and take between farmer and student.
16 November 2022 Breeding & health
NI Sheep Programme: High hopes for positive breeding results
This week, Kieran Mailey catches up with two of the programme farmers for an update on how the breeding season is progressing.
NI Sheep Programme: how good is 2022 silage quality?
With first- and second-Cut silage analysed on the programme farms, Kieran Mailey outlines some of the results.
9 November 2022 Management
Some rams hit by high summer temperatures
Scanners have also reported seeing less early lambing flocks this year as farmers adapt to rising input costs for such systems.
2 November 2022 News
Farmer Writes: my lambs don’t like the thought of a Donegal winter
This month James talks about losing lambs, vaccinating and healthy calves, however, he has a special favour to ask of you for his niece Caitlin as she undegoes life-saving treatment in America.
11 October 2022 Farmer Writes
Split lambing: easing the pressure or doubling the hardship?
Split lambing has its pros and cons, so careful consideration is required before implementing it.
4 October 2022 Management
Determining straw requirements for winter housing and lambing
Higher volumes of straw are coming on to the market at a much earlier stage and farmers should strike while the iron is hot to get their winter straw requirement sorted.
13 August 2022 Management
Looking back on lambing - decisions for the future
As the programme farmers make breeding decisions for this autumn, programme adviser Senan White reviews spring lambing performance and how this info is used to influence breeding decisions.
3 August 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Tough sheep are more labour efficient, says vet
There are various measures of efficiency on sheep farms, from lambs weaned per ewe, to kilos of lamb sold per hectare.
3 August 2022 Northern Ireland
Taking the correct steps now to ensure a compact lambing
The upcoming breeding season signifies the start of the sheep farmer’s year, so now is a good time to reflect on some time-saving tips for the year ahead.
27 July 2022 Buildings
Pre-empting the best demand for sheepmeat in 2023
The religious festivals of Eid al-Adha, Easter and Ramadan all bolster demand for sheepmeat to varying degrees.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding