The end of June is generally the time of year when I finally wean the lambs from their mothers. They have had a good run this year and most of the lambs that remain are between 30-40kgs. Weaning is best done abruptly. There is no point in dragging it out for too long as you need the lambs to get over the stress as soon as possible to get them back thriving.
Lambs at Lyons Farm were weaned last week at an average age of 81 days or just over 11 weeks. This is approximately three weeks earlier than normal for us - the decision to wean was precipitated by poor grass supply arising from a severe soil moisture deficit.
Miriam and Rachel Hastings were each just four years old when they helped lamb their first ewe. The sisters, who are both teachers, were born and raised on a sheep and suckler farm near Ballyforan on the Galway/Roscommon border.
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