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'I could never see as much money out of cattle than I could see out of sheep'

Automated feed system rears hundreds of lambs from a highly prolific flock

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How it’s done: Ken Matthews and Tim Keady at the SheepNet farm walk on the Matthews farm near Tullamore

How it’s done: Ken Matthews and Tim Keady at the SheepNet farm walk on the Matthews farm near Tullamore

How it’s done: Ken Matthews and Tim Keady at the SheepNet farm walk on the Matthews farm near Tullamore

Having excessive lambs is not an issue for most sheep farmers, but it's a problem Offaly farmers Ken and Richard Matthews have tackled head-on.

Their hugely prolific Belclare-cross-Suffolk flock achieves scanning rates topping 2.7 lambs per ewe and sees as many as 200 lambs reared artificially each year on their farm just outside Tullamore.


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