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John Large: The simple steps I took to slow down wormer resistance on my farm

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John Large at his farm in mid Tipperary.

John Large at his farm in mid Tipperary.

John Large at his farm in mid Tipperary.

When the weather is dry and warm, lambs thrive well - and this is definitely the case this year as our average daily gain for all the lambs is just shy of 300g per day.

The downside is that with very little rain for the last month or more, grass growth is slow, not helped by the harsh winds and a few frosty nights last week. We are getting tight for grass, but by letting the lambs creep-graze ahead we are able to hold up the ewes for an extra couple of days and get a good clean-out of paddocks.

With not much rain forecast for another week, we may have to think about starting to feed the oldest of the lambs. Having said that, with fertiliser out and a few kind damp days, the grass situation could turn around quickly.