Sheep Ireland

Performance recording linked with lower emission flocks

Performance recording linked with lower emission flocks

Performance recording is an opportunity Northern Ireland’s sheep sector can no longer afford to ignore, according to industry advisors. A...

July 15, 2021

‘High-index sheep produce less GHG emissions per kilo of carcass produced’

‘High-index sheep produce less GHG emissions per kilo of carcass produced’

High-index sheep produce less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per kilo of carcass produced, according to Alan Bohan of Sheep Ireland....

May 6, 2021

‘Flock recording will deliver huge benefits’

‘Flock recording will deliver huge benefits’

With the lambing season approaching for many mid-season flocks, AgriLand spoke to Eamon Wall of Sheep Ireland about the simple...

February 24, 2021

‘There is an increasing interest in protecting bloodlines and progressing breeds’

‘There is an increasing interest in protecting bloodlines and progressing breeds’

There is an increasing interest in protecting bloodlines and progressing breeds, according to Kevin McDermott of Sheep Ireland. At Wednesday...

February 21, 2021

5-star ewes scanning with a higher litter size

5-star ewes scanning with a higher litter size

Findings from Sheep Ireland are showing that 5-star ewes are scanning with a higher litter size than all other ewes...

January 9, 2021

Number of LambPlus flocks jumps by 110 to over 850

Number of LambPlus flocks jumps by 110 to over 850

The Sheep Ireland performance recording programme LambPlus has seen another increase in pedigree ram breeder participants for 2021. Speaking to...

January 1, 2021

‘Achieving high performance will be difficult without the right genetics’

‘Achieving high performance will be difficult without the right genetics’

With a host of breeding sales set to take place over the coming weeks, attention will quickly turn to buying...

July 22, 2020

‘We have 10,000 ewes across all programmes, but we need more’ – Sheep Ireland

‘We have 10,000 ewes across all programmes, but we need more’ – Sheep Ireland

“In order for the Sheep Ireland database to grow and improve, we need to add to the 10,000 ewes that...

January 17, 2020

‘We need more commercial flocks to start performance recording’ – Sheep Ireland’s Kevin McDermott

‘We need more commercial flocks to start performance recording’ – Sheep Ireland’s Kevin McDermott

“In order to increase the genetic gain of the national flock, more commercial flocks need to start performance recording,” according...

January 17, 2020

Sheep Ireland scrapie genotypes get Department of Agriculture approval

Sheep Ireland scrapie genotypes get Department of Agriculture approval

The Sheep Ireland breed improvement programme has now been approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)....

November 16, 2019

What are the benefits of keeping 5-star animals?

What are the benefits of keeping 5-star animals?

“Lowland flocks that consistently use 5-star rams are making €5 extra per ewe,” according to David Coen of Sheep Ireland....

October 9, 2019

Rams hit €1,160 at Sheep Ireland €uro-Star Multi-Breed Sale

Rams hit €1,160 at Sheep Ireland €uro-Star Multi-Breed Sale

Sheep Ireland recently held its ninth annual Multi-Breed Ram Sale at Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly, on Saturday last, August 24....

August 30, 2019

‘Scrapie results’ now available for genotyped animals

‘Scrapie results’ now available for genotyped animals

Sheep breeders who have genotyped animals in 2019 now have access to the ‘scrapie type’ results for their animals. These...

August 10, 2019

Sheep Ireland outlines ‘robust’ data collection system

Sheep Ireland outlines ‘robust’ data collection system

Sheep Ireland has defended its methods of data collection for its €uroStars rating system and its evaluations. Last week Irish...

December 11, 2018

How reliable is Sheep Ireland’s data collection?

How reliable is Sheep Ireland’s data collection?

Questions have been raised surrounding the accuracy of Sheep Ireland’s data collection system for its €uroStars rating system by the...

December 6, 2018

Breeders ‘joining off their own bat validates Sheep Ireland’

Breeders ‘joining off their own bat validates Sheep Ireland’

The increase in sheep breeders joining the Sheep Ireland initiative of their own accord, without any direct industry incentive, validates...

December 5, 2018

Breeders should ‘start with a goal’ – ICBF and Sheep Conference

Breeders should ‘start with a goal’ – ICBF and Sheep Conference

Beef and dairy cattle breeders should “start with a goal”, and “write down what they want to achieve”, in order...

December 5, 2018

Rams hit €1,220 at Sheep Ireland €uroStar Multi-Breed Ram Sale

Rams hit €1,220 at Sheep Ireland €uroStar Multi-Breed Ram Sale

Almost 330 rams of nine different breeds were offered as part of this year’s Sheep Ireland €uroStar Multi-Breed Ram Sale...

September 6, 2018