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No magic bullet for Ireland’s wool industry - minister
Amy Forde
The viability of a scouring plant in Ireland is something that needs to be explored, the minister has said.
26 June 2024 Management
IFJ Junior: exploring the wonders of wool
A new platform is bringing a virtual reality shearing and wool preparation experience into the classroom, reports Darren Carty.
5 June 2024 News
Shearing finals attract thousands to Mountbellew
The mood among farmers attending the event was generally good, with farmers looking for a chance to get a break after a seriously challenging spring.
Jones and Robinson claim top accolades at Kepak sheep shearing championships
Welsh shearer Richard Jones won the All-Nations Open Final while Derry man Jack Robinson claimed the All-Ireland Open title.
3 June 2024 News
Pressure likely to remain on wool prices in 2024
Scotch or grey wool is forecast to remain at just 5c/kg to 10c/kg, while the general price expected for lowland wool is 15c/kg to 20c/kg or a “touch extra”, according to Vincent Pierce.
2 June 2024 Markets
Big crowds flock to day one of Kepak sheep shearing championships
Day two shearing competitions are under way on Sunday, with elite shearers from across the globe competing and can be watched online for those who cannot attend in person.
2 June 2024 News
Key tips on equipment maintenance
From switching to longer bevels and regular changing of combs and cutters, there was a variety of information for both new and seasoned shearers at the recent Heineger gear night.
29 May 2024 Management
Scientists searching for wool shedding genes
Young rams from local Easycare and Wiltshire Horn flocks have been DNA sampled to help identify the genes that lead to wool shedding.
29 May 2024 Northern Ireland
Little change in price list from Ulster Wool
Prices for most grades of wool are either unchanged or up by 1-2p/kg, although quotes for mountain wool have dropped.
22 May 2024 Northern Ireland
‘Shearfest’ extravaganza on June bank holiday weekend
The Kepak All-Ireland and All Nations Sheep Shearing Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 June, in the grounds of Mountbellew Co-operative Mart. Darren Carty reports.
19 May 2024 Sheep handling
NSWS payment can help offset global slump in wool prices
The scheme offering payment of €8 per ewe in return for completing two actions closes on 21 May 2024.
15 May 2024 Sheep handling
Dempsey at Large: food, fuel and fibre
The comfort of adequate supplies in more recent years has pushed food security way down the priority list until the war in Ukraine caused a temporary panic.
24 April 2024 Viewpoints