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Pedigree
Over 150 sheep entered in Tullamore Mart rare and minority breed sale
Darren Carty
The sale organized by sheep farmer Jim Croke has returned after a successful first outing in 2021 and includes ewes, hoggets and ewe lambs across 14 breeds.
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.
2 November 2022 Management
Assessing condition and focusing on thin ewes
Frank Campion and Jonathon Molloy, Teagasc, outline why it is important to identify thin ewes and put a plan in place for preferential treatment.
Sheep Management: autumn grazing plans and mating ewe lambs
With fertiliser prices at record levels and concentrate prices above €400/t it is important that paddocks are closed in sufficient time to have adequate grass available next spring.
12 October 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: Top tips for the breeding season
On sheep farms operating March lambing flocks, outlined are some tips to manage animals through the upcoming breeding season.
28 September 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Sheep Management: ram breeding concerns, health risks and SWS tasks
Breeding is around the corner for many flocks, and plans should now be at an advanced stage including the flock breeding policy.
21 September 2022 Management
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
NI Sheep Programme: Getting ewes ready for breeding at Tynan Abbey
Kate Kingan and Peter Mant are making final preparations before the rams go out with the ewes on 1 October. Kieran Mailey reports.
21 September 2022 NI Sheep Programme
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
Portumna Mart packed to rafters for Lisbeg Farms clearance sale
The trade was described by manager Marie Young as brisk, with ewes aged in the main from first to third crop selling for an average price of €183/head.
7 September 2022 Markets
Camera at the Mart: quality Cheviot replacements in demand in Donegal
The demand for top-quality Cheviot and Suffolk-Cheviot-cross hoggets was described as particularly brisk, with prices exceeding €200/head and rising to a top of €360/head.
7 September 2022 Markets
Buying a ram or getting ready for breeding – what do I need to look out for?
A quick and simple physical examination can identify a high percentage of the undesirable traits a ram can possess. Darren Carty reports
3 September 2022 Management