Guarding against inbreeding in hill sheep flocks
Darren Carty
Eamon Wall, Sheep Ireland, outlines the steps that breeding groups and ram breeders can take to reduce the risk of inbreeding and reassure customers they are not purchasing any such issues.
31 August 2022 News
Rams up €46 to average €664/hd at Ireland’s largest sale
The Sheep Ireland sale of over 420 rams possessing elite genetics across nine breeds recorded an 87% clearance rate and top prices of €1,500/hd.
25 August 2022 News
Final catalogue published for Sheep Ireland sale of 423 rams
Approximate starting sale times have also been published for each of the nine breeds which will be offered for sale in Tullamore Mart on Saturday 27 August.
Sheep Management: store lamb presentation, straw requirements and ram sales
With grass supplies below target and many farmers faced with lower drafting rates it is a good time to review your plan for marketing lambs.
17 August 2022 Management
How to enter the Irish Texel Sheep Society writing competition
The Irish Texel Sheep Society, in association with the Irish Farmers Journal, is running a writing competition for young Texel enthusiasts. Read more here.
10 August 2022 Pedigree
Suffolk premier for Roscrea
Adam Woods previews the Irish Suffolk Sheep Society show and sale of pedigree Suffolks on Saturday 6 August.
3 August 2022 Pedigree
Tullamore Farm: sheep performance recording and slaughter performance
The phrase knowledge is power certainly rings true when it comes to monitoring performance and importantly identifying where improvements can be made.
20 July 2022 Tullamore Farm
You can’t have your cake and eat it
At the recent Sheep Ireland breeding conference, Kevin McDermott said that commercial farmers cannot expect breeders to produce grass-fed rams if they are not willing to pay for them.
20 July 2022 Breeding & health
Breeding sheep with reduced susceptibility to worms
A new Teagasc and Sheep Ireland project called OviFEC is aiming to find an alternative, sustainable approach to worm control.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Is an animal’s scrapie genotype associated with performance?
Scrapie genotypes collected via the Sheep Ireland genotyping programme are providing an insight into the presence of scrapie susceptible genes. Noirin McHugh*, Teagasc, reports.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Breeding event on Ireland’s largest Easycare sheep farm
Ballycoose Farm, run by Campbell and Isobel Tweed in Ballygally, Co Antrim is home to a flock of 3,000 wool shedding Easycare ewes.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
Five-star ewes deliver €18 more net profit
Darren Carty and Declan Marren outline some of the highlights from the Teagasc Athenry sheep open day, which took place last Saturday.
22 June 2022 Breeding & health