National Sheep Welfare Scheme: reader queries answered
Darren Carty
The Department of Agriculture has answered important queries which are not addressed in the scheme's terms and conditions.
12 April 2024 News
Schemes update: applying for the new sheep welfare scheme
Applications must be completed online through the portal by the closing date of 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 May 2024.
6 April 2024 News
UK sheep flock falls 5.1% in 2023
The latest DEFRA census from 1 December 2023 shows total sheep flock numbers falling by some 1.14m head, with the breeding ewe flock reduction accounting for over 600,000 head.
1,400 farmers exiting farming every year
A total of 8,773 farmers have left farming since 2016, with almost half of those farmers located in Connacht, Clare, Kerry and Donegal.
24 January 2024 News
Sheep Management: the value of an early diagnosis
Farmers attending this week's Teagasc lowland sheep conferences were told that the damage caused by a disease breakdown can be limited by making an early diagnosis.
24 January 2024 Management
UK sheep flock 4% lower on 1 June 2023
The breeding ewe flock contracted by 2.4% to 15.4m head, with overall flock numbers at the lowest level since 2011.
7 January 2024 News
Feeding early lambing ewes, clostridial vaccination and important dates
Recent weather is creating numerous challenges from drafting sheep for sale to getting early lambing ewes and lambs outdoors.
3 January 2024 Management
Sheep Management: liver fluke warning, scanning records and sheep census
Liver fluke dosing plans may need to be reviewed for higher vigilance of issues following the identification of unusually late cases of acute/sub-acute liver fluke.
27 December 2023 Management
Contrasting year for sheep throughput
Hogget throughput was recorded at its highest level in over a decade, while the 2023 lamb kill is over 75,000 head lower and the ewe and ram kill is trending more than 50,000 head behind 2022.
27 December 2023 News
Sheep management: SIS actions, sheep census and rumen fluke
Year two of the Sheep Improvement Scheme will run from 1 January to 31 December 2024 and streamline actions, such as scanning, in to the next calendar year.
20 December 2023 Management
Sheep census forms sent out to almost 50,000 farmers
Farmers are legally obliged to complete and submit sheep census returns to the Department.
18 December 2023 News
Sheep and goat inventory due by 30 December
Sheep and goat farmers in NI have just over three weeks to return the annual stock inventory.
13 December 2023 Northern Ireland