With the exception of a few issues, lambing has generally progressed well on the farms participating in the Northern Ireland Sheep Programme. There was a higher workload on some farms utilising student help, with this avenue restricted for most by the coronavirus pandemic. While a couple of farms had many more hands available to help where children were home from school. In general, mortality was reduced and this should help to boost output later in the year.

The one downside to the weather is that temperatures in recent weeks are falling to freezing point on many nights