Ewes

Grass tetany: The challenges it brings and how we can overcome them

Grass tetany: The challenges it brings and how we can overcome them

As ewes and lambs are turned out to grass, it’s important farmers keep in mind the dangers that are associated...

March 20, 2022

Body condition scoring: Assessing your flock in advance of breeding

Body condition scoring: Assessing your flock in advance of breeding

Getting your flock of ewes gathered and assessing their body condition well in advance of breeding should be on the...

August 22, 2021

Video: ‘Record sale’ for Charollais Sheep Society

Video: ‘Record sale’ for Charollais Sheep Society

The Irish Charollais Sheep Society held its Premier Sale at Tullow Mart, Co. Carlow, on Saturday, July 31. According to...

August 5, 2021

Demand for store and ewe lambs ramps-up

Demand for store and ewe lambs ramps-up

Speaking to mart managers during the week, many have commented on the growing demand among farmers for store and ewe...

July 25, 2021

BCS of ewes at lambing: What should I be targeting?

BCS of ewes at lambing: What should I be targeting?

Farmers should be targeting a ewe body condition score (BCS) of between 3.2 and 3.5 at lambing time, according to...

February 6, 2021

Effects of underfeeding ewes pre-lambing

Effects of underfeeding ewes pre-lambing

On Tuesday last (January 12), Teagasc held a sheep webinar which saw advisor Michael Conroy of the Roscommon/Longford office speak...

January 18, 2021

Key considerations to take into account when housing ewes

Key considerations to take into account when housing ewes

With the housing of ewes well underway on many farms and with some having housed for a few weeks now,...

January 10, 2021

Make sure you know where your dog is at all times, as attacks on sheep creep up

Make sure you know where your dog is at all times, as attacks on sheep creep up

The number of farmers reporting dog attacks on their sheep, particularly in the case of in-lamb ewes, is slowly starting...

December 21, 2020

Housing: How much lying and feed space do my ewes need?

Housing: How much lying and feed space do my ewes need?

The housing of ewes on many farms has started, as tightening grass supplies and poor underfoot conditions call a halt...

December 19, 2020

Keep an eye on ewe BCS, particularly any thinner or older ewes

Keep an eye on ewe BCS, particularly any thinner or older ewes

It’s often overlooked and not often monitored enough on sheep farms, but body condition scoring (BCS) ewes in the lead...

December 18, 2020

Don’t undo hard work by regrazing closed paddocks

Don’t undo hard work by regrazing closed paddocks

Tightening grass supplies and poor underfoot conditions on sheep farms, have forced farmers’ hands into housing ewes that bit earlier....

December 16, 2020

Sheep grassland management: Achieving good cleanouts and closing paddocks

Sheep grassland management: Achieving good cleanouts and closing paddocks

This time of the year, especially when the weather is wet, it can be difficult to achieve good, tight cleanouts,...

November 5, 2020

Sheep management: Tips to ensure a successful breeding period

Sheep management: Tips to ensure a successful breeding period

For some, the breeding season has already kickstarted, while for others, ram turnout is just around the corner. For those...

October 15, 2020

Clearance sale of 200 ‘genuine’ ewes this Thursday, as farm makes way for dairy

Clearance sale of 200 ‘genuine’ ewes this Thursday, as farm makes way for dairy

This Thursday (September 24) a clearance sale of 200 ‘genuine’ hoggets and ewes will take place at Carnew Mart. The...

September 22, 2020

Keep a close eye on under-conditioned ewes as the breeding season edges closer

Keep a close eye on under-conditioned ewes as the breeding season edges closer

The month of September can be a make or break month for some under-conditioned breeding ewes on farms. Realistically, farmers...

September 14, 2020

Breeding sales: Ewe lambs catch the eye across marts

Breeding sales: Ewe lambs catch the eye across marts

There continues to be a strong demand across marts for breeding sheep, with ewe lambs, over the past week, catching...

September 2, 2020

Breeding sales: Ewe lambs top out at €165/head; hoggets fetch up to €272/head

Breeding sales: Ewe lambs top out at €165/head; hoggets fetch up to €272/head

A strong trade for ewe lambs was reported across marts last week, with hoggets and breeding ewes also trading strongly....

August 18, 2020

Breeding sales get off to a flyer

Breeding sales get off to a flyer

Since the start of August, breeding sales across the country kicked off, as farmers gear up for the upcoming breeding...

August 11, 2020