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.

Listen: Farm Tech Talk from Brussels
Jack Kennedy
With some big issues such as the nature restoration law pending, we travelled to Brussels to seek the views in Europe.
Lamb-specific options on radar under Sheep Improvement Scheme
June marks the start of options including flystrike control, parasite control and mineral supplementation of lambs pre-weaning.
Sheep Management: blowfly strike, grass management and nematodirus reminder
A number of shearing contractors and farmers have reported cases of blowfly strike in adult sheep in recent days, raising awareness for the need to carry out regular checks.
Sheep price update: trade steady to marginally easier in cases
Base lamb quotes are in the region of €7.60/kg, with prices for quality assured lambs ranging in the main from €7.80/kg to €8.00/kg.
Camera at the Mart: 95% clearance at Cooley Sheep Breeders ewe with lamb sale
The trade for ewes with twin lambs at foot ranged from €150 to €270, while single-lamb lots ranged from €140 to €233.
Silage season hits drystock farms
First cut silage has begun on many drystock farms, with good reports on both yields and quality.
Five steps to managing swards mid-season
Swards have started to become stemmy out on some farms as the heading date for many perennial rye grass species approaches.
Sheep Management: scald, animal identification errors and shearing progress
There have been variable reports of scald in flocks in recent weeks, with swift action required to prevent an escalation of cases.
Time to consider external parasite control options
Farmers are understandably looking at where cost savings can be made, but external parasite control is important in underpinning performance and safeguarding animal welfare.
Early indications positive on sexed semen use on Tullamore Farm
Shane Dobson checks in with Tullamore Farm manager Shaun Diver to see what's been happening on the farm this week.
In pictures: hive of activity across the Footprint Farms as the weather improves
Sunny spells across the Footprint Farms have meant crops have got their final fungicide, as well as single farm payments and SCEP applications being submitted.
Dairy cross cows working hard in Newford
Adam Woods reports from the Newford Suckler Demonstration Farm open day held earlier this week
Installing owl boxes in Co Waterford
Footprint Farmer Pádraig Connery has put up a couple of owl boxes on his farm in the past couple of weeks.
The 3 Rs of worm control: Right dose, Right animal and Right time
As sure as night follows day, once the grass really starts to grow, cattle and sheep will be challenged by the burden of worms.
Credit products available to farmers
Key information to know when looking for credit products for Irish farmers.
Steady cattle and sluggish sheep trade so far in 2023
Mark Zieg, Bord Bia beef, meat and livestock manager, and Seamus McMenamin, sheepmeat and livestock manager, look at trade.
Multiple Bord na Móna auctions boast over 400 lots of machinery this May
Wilsons Auctions prepares once again to offer bidders a huge selection of tractors, machinery, tyres, motorbikes, equipment and more surplus assets on behalf of the iconic Irish company Bord na Móna.
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