Horrific find of butchered sheep carcases in woodland
Butchered sheep carcases have been found stuffed into plastic bags in a Meath woodland.
Butchered sheep carcases have been found stuffed into plastic bags in a Meath woodland.
We should be finished lambing by May 1. About half the ewe-lambs have lambed now. They performed well; the singles lambed mostly themselves and had enough milk for their...
I spoke to one sheep mart manager yesterday morning who was struck down by a very nasty bug on Sunday.
The ICSA has warned that high levels of sheep imports from Northern Ireland and Britain raises serious questions around labelling and the Bord Bia quality assurance scheme.
It's been a hectic a time of the year for John Duignan. Between lambing, calving and general maintenance on his 60ac home farm at Geevagh, Co Sligo, he has been flat out; and the working schedule shows no signs of slowing.
Another busy and eventful lambing season is coming to an end with less than 10 ewes left to lamb.
AS I settled into writing my various reports yesterday morning my phone rang, on the end of the line was a very angry sheep farmer.
SuperValu has announced that it expects to sell €17m worth of Irish spring lamb this year, the equivalent of 225,000 lambs.
The Department of Agriculture's handling of their various agriculture schemes leaves a lot to be desired, according to sheep farmer Seanie Boyle, who claims officials will come up with "any old excuse" to avoid paying farmers on time.
The Department of Agriculture is set to under take a review of the legislation surrounding the microchipping of dogs as attacks on sheep continue to be reported by farmers.
The first round of lambing is now complete at Lyons with the repeats just starting to lamb this week.
PRICE for sheep, whether cull ewe, hogget or spring lamb, is similar or has marginally improved on last week - although in one case yesterday, spring lamb was actually quoted at 10c/kg less.
Lambing was slow to get started but when it did start the place erupted. There were lambs popping out everywhere.
We are approximately half way through the sheep production year which began with the start of the breeding season last October.
The owner of 16 sheep killed in a dog attack last week says he doesn't know who to turn to after losing faith in the authorities following other incidents.
The first thing to be said this morning is that after 42 years on the front line of the sheep business Bertie Mannion chief procurement manager for Kepak Athleague is to retire.
With lambing well underway the first lot of ewes are coming to an end.
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.
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.
Unlike my beef factory report where I describe factory agents as ‘driving for the line’ in relation to price momentum, their sheep counterparts are ‘stuck in a scrum on the 22’.
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.
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 all lambed down alive and healthy.
Factory prices appeared to stick at around the €5.20/kg mark for much of last week. However, as this week opens factory buyers appear to have run a little further out of puff with prices for hoggets eased back from that €5.20/kg to around €5.15/kg.
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 perception that consumers experience a negative meat-eating experience when consuming meat...
We expect the first ewes to start lambing at Lyons any day now and the preparations are essentially complete at this stage.
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.