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Sheep farmers sometimes have the temptation to delay weaning on the basis that the lambs will get a little bit of a setback. Photo: Ray Ryan

Sheep farmers sometimes have the temptation to delay weaning on the basis that the lambs will get a little bit of a setback. Photo: Ray Ryan

Sheep farmers sometimes have the temptation to delay weaning on the basis that the lambs will get a little bit of a setback. Photo: Ray Ryan

Sheep farmers have been warned to be wary of the temptation to delay weaning lambs in a bid to boost liveweight gain.

Speaking to farmers at an open day on the farm of John Curley in Four Roads, Co Roscommon Teagasc advisor Damian Costello said that ewes that are rearing twins hit peak milk yield around three to four weeks of age.


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