Farm Programmes
NI Sheep Programme: Top tips for the breeding season
Kieran Mailey
On sheep farms operating March lambing flocks, outlined are some tips to manage animals through the upcoming breeding season.
21 September 2022 Management
Sheep Management: ram breeding concerns, health risks and SWS tasks
Breeding is around the corner for many flocks, and plans should now be at an advanced stage including the flock breeding policy.
21 September 2022 Breeding & health
Guarding against inbreeding in hill sheep flocks
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.
NI Sheep Programme: Getting ewes ready for breeding at Tynan Abbey
Kate Kingan and Peter Mant are making final preparations before the rams go out with the ewes on 1 October. Kieran Mailey reports.
21 September 2022 NI Sheep Programme
Sheep Management: Best practice dipping and hill sheep breeding strategies
The success of dipping to control external parasites will be governed by ensuring the dipping batch is kept clean and product is topped up as necessary.
14 September 2022 Management
Portumna Mart packed to rafters for Lisbeg Farms clearance sale
The trade was described by manager Marie Young as brisk, with ewes aged in the main from first to third crop selling for an average price of €183/head.
7 September 2022 Markets
Camera at the Mart: quality Cheviot replacements in demand in Donegal
The demand for top-quality Cheviot and Suffolk-Cheviot-cross hoggets was described as particularly brisk, with prices exceeding €200/head and rising to a top of €360/head.
7 September 2022 Markets
Buying a ram or getting ready for breeding – what do I need to look out for?
A quick and simple physical examination can identify a high percentage of the undesirable traits a ram can possess. Darren Carty reports
3 September 2022 Management
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.
31 August 2022 News
Putting a mineral supplementation programme in place under SWS
Mineral supplementation covering a period of 60 days must be introduced post-mating, with this date categorised as the day on which ewes are joined with rams.
27 August 2022 Breeding & health
Important period for sheep breeding decisions
The sharp increase in fertiliser and concentrate costs in recent months should focus your attention regarding if your chosen lambing date is the most suitable for your flock.
20 July 2022 Sheep breeding
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