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John Joe Fitzgerald

Farmer John Joe Fitzgerald
Location Baile an Lochaigh, Bally David, Co. Kerry
Farm Description Hill sheep enterprise with 81Ha share of hill grazing on commonage with a further 11 ha of fenced off hill grazing and 12 ha of ‘green’ ground.
Teagasc Advisor Kevin O’Sullivan


Farm Plan

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

Breeding policy

  • Begin using more Scottish Blackface breeding for replacement ewes
  • Breed underperforming ewes to terminal rams
  • Target output 1.10 lambs weaned/ewe joined

Flock management

  • Start scanning ewes and separating twins for late pregnancy
  • Introduce a feeding plan based on litter size for final weeks pre-lambing
  • Targeted post-weaning lamb management based on weaning weight

Grazing management

  • Soil fertility being addressed across the farm
  • Strategic use of grazing of enclosed land
  • Increase grazing divisions using temporary fencing equipment


  • Use FECPAK analysis to make decisions regarding dosing lambs
  • Build a batch footbath
  • More targeted mineral supplementation for ewes and lambs