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John Fagan: Blame Covid for the unmanageable rise in sheep numbers on our farms

I let the numbers drift upwards during the pandemic, when we hadn’t much else to do other than to work – now I’m cutting them back

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Cutting numbers: John Fagan is culling any under-performing ewes. Photo: Damien Eagers

Cutting numbers: John Fagan is culling any under-performing ewes. Photo: Damien Eagers

Cutting numbers: John Fagan is culling any under-performing ewes. Photo: Damien Eagers

June is a busy month — silage, shearing, dosing and vaccinating push you to your limit. I just want to get stuff done, tick the box and try to organise some down-time.

I sold the last of my hogget ewes with lambs at foot and it’s a real monkey off my back. I had too many sheep to comfortably manage on my own.


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