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Farmer focus: John Bell – paddock system & finishing groups


On a blustery evening in the end of July, for this episode of Ovicast, Ciaran Lynch caught up with Co. Westmeath Farmer John Bell, a former winner of the Sheep Farmer of the Year Competition and a previous host of the Irish Grassland Association Sheep event.

John runs a high output sheep system from a 46 ha grass based farm he manages a 500 ewe flock with an additional 130+ ewe lambs rearing lambs each year. 

John started by giving a background to the flock, the system and the farm, he discusses some of the changes in the system over the past number of years and how he implemented a paddock grazing system on the farm including his use of temporary fencing.

Finally, he discusses lamb finishing on the farm and how he targets supplementation at finishing groups opposed to blanket feeding.

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