It's transition time for this sheep farmer as focus switches from lambs to ewes
August is a transition month for the farm in terms of shifting focus from lambs to ewes.
Many changes happen in August and September. Lambs are being sold, there are ram and breeding ewe sales; as well as ewes being prepared for the upcoming breeding season.
It is an enjoyable time of year, with a bit of buzz around because of the shows and sales. This also means that it is a busy time, attending events such as Tullamore and Bonniconlon shows. This year we will attend the open evening on Wednesday, August 9 on the farm of Joe Scahill, Zurich sheep farmer of the year and also the chairman of the Mayo Mule and Greyface group.
This will be a great evening with Joe's farm and operation on display and also many breed societies showing the stock that will be for sale this coming season.
The Mayo Mule and Greyface Group, Bluefaced Leicester Society, Mayo Blackface and the West of Ireland Lanark breeders are some who I'm actively involved with that will be in attendance.
The West of Ireland Lanark breeders is a new group who will have their inaugural ram sale this September in Ballinrobe.
I have been breeding these sheep since 1996 and featured on the Farming Independent with some sheep I bought that time with Scottish bloodlines. The headline as far as I can remember was: 'Braveheart bloodlines for Mayo flock'. It's hard to believe it has been over 20 years ago.
I sold 50 forward store lambs when the trade was going good. It was great to get these lambs away straight off the ewe and without meal.