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Sheep Newsletter - January 2021

Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Sheep census; Stomach worms; Liver fluke; Upcoming events; BETTER Farm Update & Research Update.

View it here - Sheep Newsletter - January 2021 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Grassland management
    Don’t be tempted to re-graze fields that have been closed for the spring time. Grass will be a lot more valuable to the ewes next March/April than it is now.
  • Sheep census
    The date for the annual sheep census was December 31. Completed forms must be returned by Monday February 1. Flock owners who opt to submit their annual sheep census return online can avail of an extended closing date of Monday February 15.
  • Stomach worms
    This year as part of the pack containing the sheep census you will also have got a document Control of Stomach Worms – improving sustainability. Alternatively you can view it online here Control of Stomach Worms Flyer (PDF)
  • Liver fluke
    Reports from veterinary laboratories and factories indicate that there is a lot of liver fluke around this winter. It is not surprising really given the wet weather in the back end of 2020.
  • Upcoming events
    2021 Virtual Sheep Conference - Conducted by webinars on two nights on Tuesday, January 26 & Thursday, January 28.
  • BETTER Farm Update - DMD up slightly in 2020
    Frank Campion of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre at Teagasc Athenry reports from the BETTER Farm there on ewe management and silage analysis.
  • Research Update - Grass and grass clover compared
    Philip Creighton reports from the Sheep Research Demonstration Farm at the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Athenry.
  • Health & Safety - Health is wealth
    Put health at the top of your agenda for 2021. A major Irish study completed in 2020 found that 74% of farmers have four or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which increases the chance of having a stroke or heart attack threefold compared to those with fewer risk factors. View the report here