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.

Temporary sheep movements - keeping paperwork on track
Darren Carty
It is important to identify if you need to notify the Department of sheep movements relating to the grazing of surplus grass or forage crops.
Sheep Management: TAMS delays, ACRES catch crops and SIS queries
There is still no real clarity surrounding when farmers who have submitted an application under tranche one of TAMS III can expect to receive approval.
Ensuring compliance with sheep animal identification requirements
There were in excess of 350 tagging and flock register breaches identified in cross-compliance inspections in 2022, with approximately 170 of these receiving a penalty.
Festive Crackers gearing up for a cracking sale
Calling all Texel lovers, Shanon Kinahan has all the details of the upcoming Festive Crackers sale of Texel Females.
Sheep Trends: quotes rebound by 10c/kg as supplies tighten
Last week’s kill fell by 3,874 head, prompting factories to quickly reverse their 10c/kg cut in base quotes.
Keeping condition on ewes this winter
The body condition of ewes is under the radar with inclement weather presenting continual challenges, grass supplies diminishing rapidly and utilisation at a low level.
The Grass Week: grazing targets, lime scheme extension and farm yard manure
Despite earlier indications that ground conditions might improve, drying over the Bank Holiday weekend is set to be very poor.
December health corner – eye issues and liver fluke
Reports indicate that the change in weather and increase in supplementary feeding is giving rise to more eye-related problems, while liver fluke remains a concern.
Breeding coming to a close for Tullamore Farm ewes
90% of mature ewes have now been serviced, with the ram having now also gone in with replacement ewe lambs.
Plant diversity is key to soil health
Diverse planting practices have been at the core of our food production systems for thousands of years, writes Emma Hart.
Seeds of sustainability in west Cork
Madeline McKeever’s farming journey has been guided by a lifelong commitment to sustainability, and the diversity of her 30ac enterprise is testament to her efforts, writes Brendan Dunford.
‘Working smarter, not harder’: benefits beyond balance sheet in organic farming
Organic farming is more than just a scheme; it embodies a rich history and philosophy that is rooted in the belief of working with, not against, nature, writes Emma Hart.
Woodlands and wellbeing in Co Westmeath
Forestry is sometimes viewed as incompatible with farming but, for Ger Deegan, it has allowed him to ‘breathe again’ and to enjoy his farming more than ever, writes Brendan Dunford.
ACA organic online meetings open to all farmers 29 November & 6 December
Open online meetings will be held for farmers and their families to engage in meaningful discussions about the various procedures and best practices associated with organic farming enterprises.
GAIN Pre-Calver Gold success on Laois farm
Dairy farmers Richard and Ian Galbraith discuss the success of supplementing GAIN Pre-Calver Gold to their 110-cow herd in Co Laois.
Harnessing the Soil Microbiome for Sustainable Agriculture in the 'Human' Era
Science Week is a national celebration of science, with hundreds of in-person and hybrid events taking place nationwide. Running from 12-19 November
New quad bike regulations - are you ready?
Quad bikes are designed to cope with a wide variety of terrain types and so are a fantastic aid for farm work - by Ciaran Roche, FBD risk manager.
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