Sheep: Grassroots approach
Lambing commenced on Sean Conway's farm on March 10 and was compact as planned, with the last lamb born on April 18.
Sean is currently hitting the Teagasc targets for a mid-season lambing flock, with ewes at 1.68 lambs per ewe put to the ram and at 1.0 lambs per ewe-lamb.
Mortality in the ewe flock is at 6.5pc and 11pc for the ewe lambs.
Mature ewes are on grass only post lambing, with the exception of one group of 30 ewes supplemented for one week at 1kg/ewe/day during poor weather conditions.
Ewe lambs rearing twins, four ewes with mastitis and one ewe rearing triplets are currently receiving concentrates and their lambs will receive creep.
Sean's goal is to finish 90pc of lambs off grass with no concentrate input as achieved in previous years. Concentrate fed per ewe to date is as targeted at €13 per ewe.
Earliest born lambs were dosed on April 30 for nematodirus with a white worm drench following the nematodirus forecast that was issued by the Department of Agriculture's nematodirus advisory group.
They advise that lambs in the south and westerly coastal areas should have already been dosed with a suitable anthelmintic, either a white or a yellow drench, while those in the rest of the country should be dosed from late April to early May.