Important period for sheep breeding decisions
Darren Carty
The sharp increase in fertiliser and concentrate costs in recent months should focus your attention regarding if your chosen lambing date is the most suitable for your flock.
You can’t have your cake and eat it
At the recent Sheep Ireland breeding conference, Kevin McDermott said that commercial farmers cannot expect breeders to produce grass-fed rams if they are not willing to pay for them.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Breeding sheep with reduced susceptibility to worms
A new Teagasc and Sheep Ireland project called OviFEC is aiming to find an alternative, sustainable approach to worm control.
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
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
Breeding event on Ireland’s largest Easycare sheep farm
Ballycoose Farm, run by Campbell and Isobel Tweed in Ballygally, Co Antrim is home to a flock of 3,000 wool shedding Easycare ewes.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Sheep Management: weaning management, grass supplies and store lamb presentation
Assessing the body condition of weaned ewes and taking steps to limit body condition loss is the most efficient use of feed resources.
20 July 2022 Management
Writing competition for young Texel breeders
Want to start sheep breeding or expand an existing flock? Win a €500 voucher to purchase a ewe or ram with the Irish Texel Society and the Irish Farmers Journal.
6 July 2022 Pedigree
Growvite Vendéen all-Ireland championships
The Noggus flock of Ciaran Coughlan and Quitrent flock of Cheryl O’Brien were the dominant performers claiming the entire male and female titles.
29 June 2022 Pedigree
Five-star ewes deliver €18 more net profit
As well as delivering higher net profit, flocks rated five stars on the Sheep Ireland €uro-Star indices produced 7% lower greenhouse gas emissions per unit of output compared with one-star animals.
18 June 2022 News
English sheep breeding flock contacts by 1%
The category of ‘other sheep and lambs’ increased by 1%, which explains the higher levels of throughput witnessed since the start of the year.
26 March 2022 Markets