Sheep farming

The latest sheep farming news and sheep prices from the Irish Farmers Journal. Keep up to date with all farming and production news developments in the sheep farming sector.

Sheep Management: chance to finally get back on track
The rate at which conditions return to normal will vary greatly depending on land type but the upturn in weather will deliver farmer and beast a well deserved break
Sheep management: new welfare scheme and managing poor weather conditions
This week, management notes detail the new Sheep Welfare Scheme, dealing with the pressure of inclement weather and hoggett supplementation.
Sheep Trends: hoggets and lambs up 20c/kg to 30c/kg
There has also been some upward movement in carcase weights, with the two Irish Country Meats plants increasing their carcase weight limit to 21kg.
Sheep mart comment: supplies failing to satisfy buyer demand
Prices have increased by another €3 to €5/head in the last week, with agents dipping into the live trade to try to compensate for low supplies
Early lactation feeding advice for all situations
The continued inclement weather is creating many challenges for flocks lambing, with grass reserves being depleted fast on many farms, where it was impossible to get slurry or fertiliser applied.
Prioritising fertiliser to get grass moving
Above normal winter temperatures supported relatively positive winter grass growth but fertiliser will now be required to drive on spring grass growth.
Tullamore Show launch the next generation into the limelight
Adam Woods reports from a Tullamore Show launch training day held in Tullamore Mart over the weekend.
Department signals earlier risk of nematodirus
Peak hatching will generally occur at the end of March in Munster and south Leinster and in the early days of April in the midlands and northern half of the country.
Turnout two months behind on Tullamore Farm
Adam Woods has the latest from Tullamore Farm, the Irish Farmers Journal beef and sheep demonstration farm in Co Offaly.
Fields beginning to dry as rainfall eases
This week, Conor Kehoe talks to farmers in Wexford, Dublin and Laois as final preparations are made for spring planting.
A journey into ‘silvoarable’ farming in Co Carlow
Jack Browne’s vision for his farm, and his courage and conviction in realising it, offers a terrific learning experience for a future where innovation, diversification and adaptation will be crucial.
Decent winter crops but fields remain saturated
This week, Conor Kehoe chats to farmers in Waterford, Meath, and Kilkenny as they hope for an improvement in the weather.
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