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John Fagan: Once you close off a field don’t be tempted to go near it until spring — you’re only codding yourself

Giving land a rest of around 120 days should ensure adequate covers of grass for when ewes and lambs need it most

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Rest period: Sheep outside Leap, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Rest period: Sheep outside Leap, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Rest period: Sheep outside Leap, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

I’m aiming to maximise the ‘ram effect’ on the ewes this year with a view to tightening up the lambing period. I’m planning to let the rams out on October 22, with the intention of lambing date starting around March 17.

I have placed my rams in the field next to the ewes and there’s a lot of chat taking place among the sheep at the gateways and across fences. I want lambing to be done quickly. In years gone by it has dragged on and on to no benefit, increasing costs.


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