How this farmer is transforming the lambing figures on his Dingle hill farm

Last year, only 73pc of the ewes put to the ram on this farm lambed— this year, it was 95pc. Here’s what he did differently

Significant improvements: John Joe Fitzgerald with his hill sheep on his farm on the Dingle peninsula, Co Kerry. Photos: Domnick Walsh

Frank Campion

Last year, 27pc of the ewes put to the ram on John Joe Fitzgerald’s Kerry hill farm didn’t lamb. This year, that figure was down to just 5pc, with a litter size of 1.3 lambs per ewe lambed.