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Sheep Newsletter - February 2021

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Feeding management of ewes in late pregnancy; BETTER Farm Update- Pregnancy rates similar to last year; Research Update- Lambing season is fast approaching; Health & Safety.

View Sheep Newsletter - February 2021 here (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Grassland management
    Closing date, along with early fertiliser and/or slurry application, are the two main factors that determine the availability of grass for your ewes and lambs at turnout. The target is to let out ewes and lambs to 6cm covers of high-quality grass.
  • Feeding management of ewes in late pregnancy
    The reward for getting pre-lambing nutrition of the ewe right is producing vigorous lambs of optimum birth weight and having ewes lambing down with a plentiful milk supply.
  • BETTER Farm Update - Pregnancy rates similar to last year
    Frank Campion of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway explains how the BETTER sheep farms have started off the new year.
  • Research Update - Lambing season is fast approaching
    Edel O’Connor, AGRIC, Teagasc Athenry, Co. Galway reports on how the INZAC Flock Athenry is preparing for lambing.
  • Upcoming event - 2021 Virtual Hill Sheep Conference
    The Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference will take place across two evenings, Wednesday, 17th February and Thursday, 18th February, as a Zoom webinar between 8pm and 9pm. More information & register www.teagasc.ie/hillsheepcon21
  • Health & Safety - Review your risk assessment
    February brings an increase in workload and associated risk to the farm. In 2020, 19 farm workplace deaths occurred, three in the childhood, six in the 17-64 years, and 10 in the 65 year old or higher age categories.