Sheep

Irish wool needs support now as NI supports its sheep industry

Irish wool needs support now as NI supports its sheep industry

Last Friday saw Northern Ireland’s agriculture minister, Edwin Poots, agree a £1.27 million Covid-19 support package for the sheep industry...

April 6, 2021

Spring lambs at sales dominate the headlines as prices breach €200

Spring lambs at sales dominate the headlines as prices breach €200

Records continue to be broken at sales this week, with spring lambs at sales in marts breaching the €200 mark...

April 4, 2021

Mineral deficiencies can cause problems on livestock farms

Mineral deficiencies can cause problems on livestock farms

According to College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) livestock advisor Nigel Gould, mineral deficiencies can be an issue...

April 1, 2021

Decline in EU sheepmeat production seen in 2020

Decline in EU sheepmeat production seen in 2020

Sheepmeat production in the EU for 2020 saw an overall decrease of 4% (-16,000t) on 2019 levels, according to the...

April 1, 2021

Sheep marts: Cull ewes grab the headlines, as small numbers of spring lambs appear

Sheep marts: Cull ewes grab the headlines, as small numbers of spring lambs appear

Last week saw a super trade for cast ewes of all weight categories, with top prices for fleshed ewes reaching...

March 30, 2021

Spring lambs sell to €211/head at Kilkenny Mart

Spring lambs sell to €211/head at Kilkenny Mart

The positivity around the sheep trade continues this week, with spring lambs reaching a top price of €211/head at Kilkenny...

March 29, 2021

Dispersal sale of 150 ewes with lambs at foot to take place at Carnew Mart

Dispersal sale of 150 ewes with lambs at foot to take place at Carnew Mart

A dispersal sale of 150 Suffolk and Suffolk cross ewes with lambs at foot is set to take place on...

March 14, 2021

Irish sheep farmers’ challenges similar to other European countries

Irish sheep farmers’ challenges similar to other European countries

Delegates from Ireland; France; UK; Spain; Italy; Greece; Hungary; and Turkey, encompassing both meat and milk sheep systems of production,...

March 10, 2021

McCormack highlights ‘underlying reality’ in recent dog rescue story

McCormack highlights ‘underlying reality’ in recent dog rescue story

The president of one of the country’s main farm organisations has raised concerns over the reaction to a story that...

February 15, 2021

‘Fines of €100 are doing nothing to deter incidents of sheep worrying’

‘Fines of €100 are doing nothing to deter incidents of sheep worrying’

Tougher penalties for dog owners who fail to control their pets around sheep are needed, according to Sean McNamara, the...

February 8, 2021

LMC to prioritise sustainability in 2021

LMC to prioritise sustainability in 2021

Working to improve the sustainability of the beef and sheep sectors will be a priority for the Livestock and Meat...

February 8, 2021

Rural affairs minister highlights dog owner responsibilities

Rural affairs minister highlights dog owner responsibilities

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has highlighted the responsibilities of dog owners, particularly during lambing season....

February 5, 2021

Achieving maximum utilisation of forage crops with sheep

Achieving maximum utilisation of forage crops with sheep

The key to improving utilisation of a forage crop is to choose the correct crop for your farm and farming...

January 21, 2021

Farmers shocked at closure of ‘one of the best’ sheep marts in Ireland

Farmers shocked at closure of ‘one of the best’ sheep marts in Ireland

It is never a nice job to report a closure of any business, let alone a local mart. Unfortunately, this...

January 19, 2021

10 tips for an easier lambing season

10 tips for an easier lambing season

With many mid-season lambing flocks in the process of scanning their ewes, it won’t be long before that first ewe...

January 17, 2021

Sheep management: Fluke control at this stage of the season

Sheep management: Fluke control at this stage of the season

It’s been a wet winter on farms across the country, and with sheep out grazing for much of this period,...

January 17, 2021

Preparing to take on a farm worker this spring?

Preparing to take on a farm worker this spring?

As Ireland is enduring the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, it has been questioned whether this will impact the sources and...

January 16, 2021

Turning attentions to administering clostridial vaccinations

Turning attentions to administering clostridial vaccinations

With the lambing season for mid-season flocks fast approaching, it’s time for farmers to start thinking about administering clostridial vaccinations....

January 14, 2021