Dates announced for 2024 Sheep Ireland ram sales
Darren Carty
More than 500 five-star Sheep Improvement Scheme-eligible rams will be offered for sale on Saturday 24 August, with a second new hill ram sale taking place on Saturday 12 October.
5 June 2024 Management
Sheep management: blowfly strike, shearing documentation and SIS actions
There has been some early warnings of blowfly strike over the last week, which have been mostly seen in unshorn sheep with soiled fleeces.
5 June 2024 News
Balancing payments for Sheep Improvement Scheme issued
Minister McConalogue has announced the roll-out of the 15% balancing payments under year one of the Sheep Improvement Scheme.
Blowfly and tick risk season on the horizon
The inclement weather experienced to date in 2024 has left few farmers thinking about blowfly and tick control but this situation will quickly change.
18 May 2024 Sheep handling
Sheep Management: sheep welfare scheme, orf and Eid al-Adha
The closing date for the National Sheep Welfare Scheme is approaching quickly, with a deadline date of Tuesday 21 May 2024.
8 May 2024 Management
Sheep welfare scheme deadline 'unworkable' - ICSA
The deadline of 15 October for the completion of actions under the scheme does not align with practices on hill sheep farms, the ICSA has said.
11 April 2024 News
New sheep scheme rewards good actions on farms - IFA
The new National Sheep Welfare Scheme is open for applications from 8 April until 21 May.
8 April 2024 News
Applications open for new sheep welfare scheme
The National Sheep Welfare Scheme will operate in 2024 with a budget of €15m.
8 April 2024 Schemes
Map: county breakdown of total farm scheme payments in 2023
Cork was the county that received the most amount of money in farm scheme payments last year.
5 March 2024 Schemes
Sheep Management: fertiliser considerations, scratching sheep and SIS details
An investment in fertiliser to boost grass growth is more economical and labour beneficial than supplementing ewes and lambs in early lactation.
28 February 2024 Management
Weekend weather: cold temperatures forecast overnight
Overnight on Friday, it will be cold, with some frost and ice possible, with temperatures falling between to -1°C and 3°C.
23 February 2024 News
Demand for SIS hill rams to jump 75% in 2024
Sheep Ireland’s David Coen told farmers at the Teagasc hill sheep conference that more genotyped rams will be required to meet demand.
21 February 2024 Breeding & health