Variation within breed more important than across breed
Darren Carty
Differences between breeds are often discussed and debated but Frank Campion, Teagasc, advises that huge gains can be made by identifying variation within breed.
15 March 2022 Management
Sheep management: peak lambing activity, selecting replacements and hygiene
With a relatively positive forecast, flocks which are lambing should take every opportunity to get animals turned out to reduce workload, pressure on housing and enhance hygiene standards.
23 February 2022 NI Sheep Programme
NI Sheep Programme: contrasting scanning performance for hill flocks
Barren rates remain stubbornly high despite farmers adopting a suite of management practices focused at improving conception rates.
Lambing in an unfamiliar environment
Lamb prices are running at record levels but so too are import costs while there are also significant changes in place on the animal health and veterinary medicines front.
9 February 2022 Lambing
Benchmarking - how did your farm perform in 2021?
The end of the year is a good time to review herd performance and profitability through benchmarking.
28 December 2021 Management
New era beckons for cattle identification
The introduction of mandatory electronic tagging from 1 July 2022 will see a growing percentage of the national dairy and suckler herds electronically tagged over the coming years.
1 December 2021 News
Sheep management: liver fluke, drafting lambs and important webinars
Farmers in the west and northwest should be vigilant of a high threat of liver fluke following the release of the Department of Agriculture's Liver Fluke Forecast.
24 November 2021 Management
€12/ewe payment in proposed Sheep Improvement Scheme
The Department is expecting 1.7m ewes across 16,600 flocks to be included annually in the scheme which will start in 2023 and run until 2027.
10 November 2021 News
Lightning trade as Cheviots hit €1,960 in Donegal
Demand exceeded supply at the sale, with an entry of 46 hogget rams averaging a fine price of €788 per head and recording a 100% clearance rate.
6 October 2021 Pedigree
In pictures: lightning trade as Cheviots hit €1,960 in Donegal
Demand exceeded supply with an entry of 46 hogget rams averaging a fine price of €788 per head and recording a 100% clearance.
1 October 2021 Markets
Performance recorded Cheviot sheep ready to hit the ring
The Donegal Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Breeders group made the pioneering step in 2020 of performance recording their sheep with Sheep Ireland, a move which will deliver major benefits.
29 September 2021 Markets
The west’s alive with sheep breeding sales
We have entered the peak sales period for hill sheep with several high profile sales taking place over the next week.
15 September 2021 Pedigree