Sheep farmer on dealing with a poor start to the lambing season
With lambing well underway the first lot of ewes are coming to an end.
With lambing well underway the first lot of ewes are coming to an end.
For the last three years, I have been reporting on the ups and downs of Michael Duffy's sheep farm at Kerrykeel on the Fanad Peninsula, 23 miles north of Letterkenny in Donegal.
Our lambing season has begun. The Bluefaced Leicester ewes started it off. These Pedigree ewes were some of those that received frozen semen and I'm delighted to report that they...
Traditionally, male lambs are castrated at birth in mid-season prime lamb production systems, reflecting practical issues related to management in autumn and the common...
Managing and maintaining the optimum level of clover in the sward (22pc yearly average), can often be challenging.
There are very few spring lambs available on the market to-date but with Easter Sunday on April 16, butchers, factories and retailers will be looking for numbers in the next two weeks, according to IFA National Sheep Committee Chairman John Lynskey.
The benefit of white clover in grassland in terms of savings in fertilizer and increased animal performance has previously been shown at a number of experiments undertaken at Teagasc Moorepark and Teagasc Clonakilty.
Alpacas are fast becoming one of the most efficient, cost-effective ways of protecting sheep flocks from lurking predators on farms nationwide.
The Department of Agriculture and Bord Bia have signed a contract for a campaign to promote beef and lamb in China, Japan and Hong Kong.
Department of Agriculture’s new Clean Livestock Policy (CLP) for sheep is being exploited by processors in favour of cashing in at the expense of producers, according to the ICSA.
It's hard to believe that another lambing season is about to kick off.
THERE might be snow and sleet in the wind but the sheep trade has at last begun to warm up.
The Department of Agriculture has this week published its new Clean Livestock Policy (CPL) document for sheep.
Irish sheepmeat has been granted access to Saudi Arabia the Department of Agriculture confirmed, just 48 hours after meeting with Saudi officials.
Qualification for ANC payments must be based on scientific evaluation and if lands don't meet the criteria then they should not receive a payment.
Clifford Richardson is expanding his ewe flock and has increased ewe numbers from 79 lambing in 2016 to 146 ewes and 27 ewe lambs due to lamb in 2017.
We have just three weeks to get everything ready for lambing which kicks off on March 6. All ewes have gotten their booster shot of Covexin 10 to cover the ewe from Chlostridial diseases and also supply antibodies for her lamb, which the lamb will get from the ewes...
Each year dozens of sheep attacks and incidents of worrying (attack, kill or to chase livestock) occur throughout Ireland and the damage to a farmers flock can be catastrophic as well as the associated financial impact and emotional distress.
“The price for hoggets is €5 to €5 plus and factories are scouring the country for them,” — that was the message from ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks this week.
It is 20 years since scientists announced the world's first successfully cloned sheep, Dolly.
The killer hound that had been on the rampage in the south-east was killed today by a local farmer.
Will sheep farmers this week receive a Valentine’s card from their local factory boss with the message “Sorry it was all a misunderstanding, we never meant to go below €5/kg. Love always. Your local sheep factory boss”.
We are now in the final few weeks before lambing. Concentrate feeding levels have been increased gradually over the past fortnight and will continue at that level right up until lambing.
In the words of Roy Keane and many others: "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail." Lambing is probably the most stressful and time- demanding activity on many sheep farms. Minimise this by preparing early. Feeding and nutrition have been discussed in these pages over recent weeks so that is not the focus here.
The killer hound that has been on the rampage in the south-east is still at large, despite repeated attempts to hunt him down by expert shooters.
A dog attack on a flock of sheep in recent days left 20 sheep dead, but the owners face more trauma when the ewes lamb.
Police in the UK have issued a warning about the theft of sheep - many of which they say end up 'hidden in plain sight' in fields and barns - after a suspected stolen flock was found in North Yorkshire.
Sheep farmers are extremely frustrated with what they describe as loss-making prices on offer from the meat plants, which are down 65c/kg or €15 per head on this time last year.
Ewes at Lyons were shorn in the third week of January in preparation for lambing in mid-March.
Cost effective rearing of surplus lambs has the potential to significantly improve profit margins on sheep farmers Michael Gottstein of Teagasc told the National Sheep Conference recently.
Sheepmeat processors have blamed an abundance of 'heavy lambs' for poor market prices at present.
“IN the interest of getting into good quality sheep we’re holding at last week’s price”, was the very clever line I got from one factory buyer this week on sheep quotes.
Appropriate nutrition and management during late pregnancy is one of the key factors influencing flock productivity and profitability.
This is the killer dog that has evaded gun-parties in the southeast for the last three weeks.
Calls have been made for openness and transparency around which meat factories are importing live sheep or sheepmeat carcasses from the UK at a time when Irish sheepmeat price is on the floor.
The situation as of yesterday morning in relation to factory prices for hogget/lamb was that the downward pressure of recent weeks continues.
Residents in a Kildare housing estate say they are being 'invaded' by a large flock of sheep
The ewes scanned well at 1.9 lambs per ewe and I separated and condition scored them into their various groups based on the amount of lambs they are carrying. I got the silage tested and at 65 DMD, it's just about good enough to keep them ticking over. I am gradually...
The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine have confirmed that the deadline for the return of completed Sheep Census 2016 forms has been extended to Friday, February 3.
LESS than 50pc of the country’s sheep farmers have applied for the Government’s €25m Sheep Welfare Scheme, with just hours left to sign up.
A young priest from Mullingar parish has been out meeting local farmers recently, on a pretty unique mission
The last two years has seen consumers in France switching to home-produced lamb at the expense of imported product, according to an analysis by the AHDB in the UK.
All ewes were housed the second week of December and fed good round-bale silage. The ewes were scanned on December 31 which was almost 80 days since we inseminated the first lot.
John Brooks of the ICSA issued a rallying cry of “Make Sheep Prices Great Again” at his association’s protest outside the ICM plant in Navan last week, but instead some plants dropped their official quotes for lamb by 5c/kg yesterday.
It is a familiar pastoral scene - a family taking the dog out for a long walk in the countryside.
A new year and the countdown to a new crop of lambs begins. Towards the end of December we scanned the flock. I am quite happy with the results of the scan from both the pedigree Bluefaced Leicester ewes and the Scotch Blackface mountain ewes.
The best that can be said about last week’s lamb and hogget trade was that prices remained steady, a trend that has continued this week with quotes generally around the €4.60/kg plus bonuses mark.
A move by some factories to try to restrict carcase weights to 22.5kg is being strongly resisted, according to IFA National Sheep Chairman John Lynskey.
Darragh Cunniffe is aiming to become one of the top pedigree breeders in the country.
Ewes at the UCD research farm at Lyons Estate were housed last Tuesday (January 3) having grazed on redstart for the previous few weeks.
Incredible footage understood to have been captured in Germany shows frightened sheep attacking a shepherd on a public road.
Rain has dominated my reports from Michael Duffy's farm on the Fanad Peninsula since June of last year so I am happy to report that the weather has finally taken a turn for the better since October.
Farmers have until the end of January to apply for the Department of Agriculture’s new €10/ewe sheep scheme.
Static supply and weak demand was the summary of the trade given to me by one factory agent this week.