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James Lally

Farmer James Lally
Location Westport, Co. Mayo
Farm Description Hill grazing on commonage (142 ha) plus 23 ha (adjusted) of green land. Hill sheep enterprise a suckler cow beef enterprise.
Teagasc Advisor John Noonan

Farm Plans

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

  • Focus on improving S.Blackface ewe flock
  • Increase S.Blackface flock to 200 ewes
  • Use a terminal sire on 30% of the flock
  • Establishing pedigree recording on a proportion of the flock
  • All lambs tagged at birth & mating information recorded
  • Use performance recorded rams
  • Target output 1.10 lambs weaned/ewe joined

Flock Management

  • Focus on improving ewe condition prior to joining
  • Winter management plan

Grazing management

  • Strategic use of grazing of enclosed land
  • Increase grazing divisions


  • Implement flock health plan