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Brian Nicholson

Farmer Brian Nicholson
Location Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny
Farm Description 96 ha farm in 2 main divisions. Sheep enterprise predominant enterprise on farm; contract rearing dairy heifers from April to October; 12 ha of spring crops sown for seed production
Teagasc Advisor Terry Carroll

Farm Plan

A detailed farm plan was drawn up for the farm and reviewed annually. A summary of details of the plan are laid out below:

Breeding policy

  • Close flock
  • Develop a maternal/terminal reciprocal cross (Belclare x Texel)
  • Improve breeding management of ewe lambs
  • Target output of >1.6 lambs weaned/ewe joined

Grassland management

  • Address soil fertility issues
  • Increase grazing divisions (permanent and temporary)
  • Implement a reseeding plan
  • Measuring grass weekly using Pasturebase

Flock management

  • Increase ewe flock to 1000 ewes + replacements
  • Improve handling facilities
  • Delayed lambing date to coincide with greater grass availability
  • Address sheep housing issues
  • Improve silage quality
  • Target nutritional management
  • Defined winter management plan
  • Reduced emphasis on creed feeding of lambs


  • Implement flock health plan