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Farm Programmes
NI Sheep Programme: drafting spring lambs under way
Kieran Mailey
Co Tyrone sheep farmer Mark Davidson has started drafting this year's lamb crop for slaughter. Kieran Mailey reports.
8 June 2022 Management
Taking on the challenge of reaching net zero farming
Co Antrim sheep farmers Roger and Hillary Bell held a farm walk where they outlined how their farm is planning to get to net zero carbon. Kieran Mailey reports.
1 June 2022 Management
Sheep management: grassland management, TAMS and safety precautions
Lamb performance frequently dips on many farms due to poor-quality grass in the pre and post-weaning period, potentially undoing the good work in early lactation.
Potential to finish lambs 10 days quicker with clover swards
The ongoing research in Teagasc Athenry identified that a system with a stocking rate of 11 ewes/ha offered the best prospect, with lower levels of output balanced by reduced input costs.
1 June 2022 Grass & feeding
Sheep Management: drafting lambs, grassland management and CT scanning
Lamb performance has improved in recent weeks on the back of increased grass supplies and higher temperatures and producers need to be mindful to draft lambs regularly.
11 May 2022 Management
10-point plan for early season dosing
Darren Carty speaks with Ciaran Lynch, Teagasc sheep specialist, as part of the industry supported initiative to combat anthelmintic resistance in sheep.
Using wire to grow and utilise more grass
With input costs experiencing a sharp hike in price, farmers need to make use of all options at their disposal including improving grazing infrastructure.
27 April 2022 Infrastructure
Coming to terms with escalating input costs
The majority of farmers are not in a position to purchase similar volumes of fertiliser and with concentrate costs also increasing options are limited.
27 April 2022 Management
Sheep Management: peak risk for nematodirus and first signs of blowfly strike
Farmers need to be on high alert to the risk of nematodirus, with the disease having the potential to quickly curtail performance in lambs.
27 April 2022 Management
NI Sheep Programme: making improvements to the grazing system
Improving grassland management has been a central theme on the programme farms. Kieran Mailey outlines some steps to improve grazing in the year ahead.
20 April 2022 Management
Sheep Management: fertiliser applications, lime, scald and clostridial diseases.
The drop in fertiliser use due to higher prices was evident at a Teagasc sheep farm walk in Roscommon on Tuesday evening, with about 50% of those attending having no fertiliser applied to-date.
20 April 2022 Management
Sheep Management: creep feeding considerations with escalating feed costs
Concentrate prices continue to rise sharply and there is unfortunately no signs on the horizon pointing to the potential of costs tapering off.
23 March 2022 Management