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
Farmer views: 'Too much work in sheep for too little reward'
Grace Hoare
Grace Hoare speaks to six IFA sheep committee members to gauge their thoughts on grass growth, sheep prices, wool and other issues.
 
 
Sheep Management: slaughter performance and marketing options for hill lambs
Lambs should be carefully assessed when drafting, with more reports of lambs recording a much lower kill out in recent weeks.
Sheep Management: taking stock of current performance
Many flocks find themselves running behind target, be it with reduced lamb performance, tight grass supplies or inadequate winter forage requirements.
Sheep Trends: quotes vary from firm to 20c/kg lower
A number of plants have dropped their base quote below €7/kg, but there are no lambs moving below this level, with agents exhibiting a greater appetite for lambs this week.
Severe lamb price cuts finally halted
A couple of plants have still moved to reduce base quotes by 15c/kg to 20c/kg but its success is variable with other plants holding quotes steady.
The Grass Week: growth creeps up but fodder stock low
While still behind the norm for the time of the year, growth has improved over the past two weeks and looks set to improve further.
Coming out the right side of a challenging year
Roscommon farmer Shane Moore told farmers at a recent farm walk that despite being one of the most challenging years experienced lamb performance is surprisingly positive.
Top of €1,650 at Tullamore Vendéen sale
Adam Woods reports from the Irish Vendéen Sheep Society Sale held in Tullamore at the weekend.
Taking the guesswork out of worm control
Faecal egg counts can be used to determine the need to treat lambs while faecal egg count reduction tests will identify the efficacy of active ingredients.
Breeding plan and performance in focus at open day
Adam Woods previews what will be on display in terms of breeding and animal performance at next week’s suckler and sheep open day on Tullamore Farm.
Lambs weaned and second batch drafted for slaughter
Despite the weather challenges, lambs recorded a positive weaning weight of 37.66kg, having gained an average of 300g per day from birth to weaning.
Clover scoring on Limerick and Tipperary Footprint farms
Kelsey Daly writes that in early July, the Irish Farmer Journal visited Footprint farmers Barry Powell and Martin Crowe to conduct clover scoring across paddocks on their dairy farm.
Combines get to work in broken weather
This week, Conor Kehoe talks to farmers in Tipperary, Down, and Westmeath as combines get to work across the country.
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