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Schemes update: applying for the new Sheep Welfare Scheme
Darren Carty
Applications must be completed online through the agfood.ie portal by the closing date of 23.59pm on Tuesday, 21 May 2024.
 
 
Sheep management: new welfare scheme and managing poor weather conditions
Sheep management: new welfare scheme and managing poor weather conditions
This week, management notes detail the new Sheep Welfare Scheme, dealing with the pressure of inclement weather and hoggett supplementation.
Sheep Management: nematodirus and conserving grass supplies
Sheep Management: nematodirus and conserving grass supplies
Farmers with lambs suffering from scour need to be mindful that there are a few ailments that cause diarrhoea in lambs.
Sheep mart comment: trade remains firm though spring lamb numbers low
Sheep mart comment: trade remains firm though spring lamb numbers low
Similar last week, while overall trade is strong, there is a low number of spring lambs coming through marts.
Sheep Trends: hoggets rise by another 10c/kg
Sheep Trends: hoggets rise by another 10c/kg
Hoggets are trading in greater volumes above €9/kg, while top prices for spring lambs are as high as €9.70/kg to €9.80/kg.
Early lactation feeding advice for all situations
Early lactation feeding advice for all situations
The continued inclement weather is creating many challenges for flocks lambing, with grass reserves being depleted fast on many farms, where it was impossible to get slurry or fertiliser applied.
Prioritising fertiliser to get grass moving
Prioritising fertiliser to get grass moving
Above normal winter temperatures supported relatively positive winter grass growth but fertiliser will now be required to drive on spring grass growth.
Department signals earlier risk of nematodirus
Department signals earlier risk of nematodirus
Peak hatching will generally occur at the end of March in Munster and south Leinster and in the early days of April in the midlands and northern half of the country.
Orf vaccine available in coming days
Orf vaccine available in coming days
Scabigard vaccine, manufactured by Zoetis Animal Health, is currently being dispensed to veterinary practitioners and should be available to purchase next week.
Decent winter crops but fields remain saturated
Decent winter crops but fields remain saturated
This week, Conor Kehoe chats to farmers in Waterford, Meath, and Kilkenny as they hope for an improvement in the weather.
Beyond N, P and K: balancing the living army in our soils
Beyond N, P and K: balancing the living army in our soils
Balancing soil chemistry is vital for optimising the use of inputs, but there’s also a growing awareness of the importance of nurturing the living component of our soils, writes Emma Hart.
Spraying and spreading in difficult conditions
Spraying and spreading in difficult conditions
This week, Conor Kehoe talks to farmers in Tipperary, Down, and Westmeath as growers try to get up to date on winter crops.
Social sustainability in south Galway
Social sustainability in south Galway
'When you add it all up, this family farm enterprise offers way more of a "social dividend" than we usually give such enterprises credit for,' writes Brendan Dunford.
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'Everything is connected': protecting future generations with farming techniquesSPONSORED
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“Having half your heifer calves born by 3 February,” was Michael’s response when asked what the best thing was about having used sexed sorted semen for the first time last year.
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