Sheep farming

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Premier sale date calendar for lowland sheep breeds
Darren Carty
The 2024 show and sales season kicked off on Saturday 13 July with the Vendeén Sheep Society event, with sales following thick and fast over the coming months.
 
 
Sheep Management: taking stock of current performance
Sheep Management: taking stock of current performance
Many flocks find themselves running behind target, be it with reduced lamb performance, tight grass supplies or inadequate winter forage requirements.
Sheep Management: cobalt deficiency, Startect availability and weighing accuracy
Sheep Management: cobalt deficiency, Startect availability and weighing accuracy
Reports indicate there are signs of lambs succumbing to cobalt deficiency, while farmers challenged by anthelmintic resistance have cause for greater optimism in worm control strategies.
Sheep price update: factory quotes steady to 20c/kg lower
Sheep price update: factory quotes steady to 20c/kg lower
It is a similar story from marts, with some recording a steady to stronger trade, while others have seen prices ease by €2 to €4/head.
In pictures: top of €1,760 at Sheep Ireland progeny test sale
In pictures: top of €1,760 at Sheep Ireland progeny test sale
The online sale of seven intensively performance-recorded rams saw two rams top the €1,000 mark and five more sell from €650 to €920.
The Grass Week: growth creeps up but fodder stock low
The Grass Week: growth creeps up but fodder stock low
While still behind the norm for the time of the year, growth has improved over the past two weeks and looks set to improve further.
Coming out the right side of a challenging year
Coming out the right side of a challenging year
Roscommon farmer Shane Moore told farmers at a recent farm walk that despite being one of the most challenging years experienced lamb performance is surprisingly positive.
Taking the guesswork out of worm control
Taking the guesswork out of worm control
Faecal egg counts can be used to determine the need to treat lambs while faecal egg count reduction tests will identify the efficacy of active ingredients.
Mayo claim All Ireland Texel title in Cork
Mayo claim All Ireland Texel title in Cork
Adam Woods reports from the Growvite National Texel championships which took place in Charleville show.
Barley harvest to kick off this week
Barley harvest to kick off this week
This week, Conor Kehoe talks to farmers in Wexford, Galway, and Derry as farmer make final preparations for harvest.
The Creamery reimagined in Co Leitrim
The Creamery reimagined in Co Leitrim
One multigenerational Leitrim farm family are using their complementary skillsets to create a very special rural enterprise, writes Brendan Dunford.
Watch: lambs weaned early as beef breeding comes to a close on Tullamore Farm
Watch: lambs weaned early as beef breeding comes to a close on Tullamore Farm
Martin Merrick chats to farm manager Shaun Diver as the mid-season flock of lambs are weaned early, while breeding in the suckler herd comes to an end for 2024.
Final sprays on cereals and maize begins to recover
Final sprays on cereals and maize begins to recover
This week, Conor Kehoe talks to farmers in Dublin, Laois and Meath, as rain and warmer weather improve crop growth.
Bridging skills gaps in agriculture: the role of micro-credentials
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Bridging skills gaps in agriculture: the role of micro-credentials
The agriculture and food sectors are rapidly transforming, driven by challenges and technological advancements.
Balancing sustainability and profitability on your farmSPONSORED
Balancing sustainability and profitability on your farm
One Health initiatives such as antimicrobial reduction and the banning of high levels of zinc oxide in feed have resulted in additional challenges to farmers.
Doxstar Pro: denying docks a second chance before first-cut silageSPONSORED
Doxstar Pro: denying docks a second chance before first-cut silage
Docks can create serious problems in grassland, negatively affecting productivity.
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urgedSPONSORED
Take steps to minimise aftereffects of wet winter on silage, farmers urged
Heightened risks of soil and slurry contamination in first-cut grass silage after the wet winter will require extra vigilance with silage making this season, an expert is urging.
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