Sheep Newsletter - December 2021
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes advice on grassland; scanning; housing; and health & safety. It also has a BETTER Farm Update on body condition & mating on the farms; and a Research Update on planing for 2022 in the INZAC flock.
View it here: Sheep Newsletter - December 2021 (PDF)
In this month's edition:
As we enter the final stages of the grazing year, it’s important to stay on track with the closing plan for your farm. March-lambing flocks need to have 60% of the sheep’s grazing area already closed by the start of December, with 80% closed by mid December. The final 20% will depend on the system and type of stock carried over and grazing conditions.
The Teagasc Sheep podcast has regular updates covering technical aspects on grassland, breeding, nutrition and health, as well as industry-focused episodes.
It is recommended to scan ewes at approximately 80 days post ram turnout. Those with split lambing periods (e.g., later-lambing ewe lambs) may need more than one scanning date to obtain the best results.
Providing adequate feeding and lying space is essential, particularly during the latter stages of pregnancy. Avoid overcrowding pens as this can be a contributing factor to issues such as prolapse and other metabolic disorders that occur in late pregnancy.
- BETTER Farm Update - What’s the condition?
Frank Campion of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway reports on body condition and mating on the BETTER sheep farms.
- Research Update - Planning for 2022
Fiona McGovern of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc Athenry, Co. Galway reports on how reminiscing on 2021 allows for the planning of 2022 on the INZAC Flock.
- Health & Safety - Prevent fire deaths in the farm home
Irish research has shown that farmers and agricultural workers account for 20% of all fire deaths. Almost all fires occur in dwelling houses. This level is proportionately higher than other sectors.