Long lambing season stretches into summer as weather finally turns
The arrival of warm weather is hugely welcome on our farm, as is the return of two sons who have finished college for the summer.
The old saying that 'many hands make light work' was borne out when we tackled the shearing last week. The dry hoggetts, rams and mule ewes have been shorn. The Blackface mountain ewes will not be shorn for another two weeks.
The prices quoted in the west for wool at the moment are €1.10/kg for arable, €0.75/kg for crossbred and €0.25/kg for Blackface. Contract shearers are charging between €2.00 and €2.50/ewe. Not much, if any, profit can be made from the wool if a contract shearer is used but it is a job that must be done.
Over the past number of weeks, we have had some cases of mastitis in our ewes. This infection of the mammary gland is painful and farmers should be vigilant when checking their stock as a ewe could easily be lost if left untreated.
The ewes that were detected were lame and slow to follow the rest of the flock and also showed signs of swelling.
Once detected, the ewes were brought in and treated with antibiotics for a number of days until the symptoms diminished.
The Beltex cross lambs were weighed last week. There were many lambs in the 30-40kg bracket.