Sheep Newsletter - June 2021
This month's Teagasc Sheep Newsletter includes information on: Managing grassland; Research Update - Increasing grass growth after a slow start; BETTER Farm Update - Grass growth rates; Precision livestock farming for sheep – have your say and Blowfly.
View it here: Sheep Newsletter - June 2021 (PDF)
In this month's edition:
- Managing grassland
Grass intake in March-born lambs will be approaching 1-1.2kg dry matter (DM) per day by June and they will be actively competing with the ewe flock for high-quality forage. Aim for a short residency period in each paddock during June – three to four days maximum to avoid grazing poorer-quality lower covers for long periods.
- RESEARCH UPDATE - Increasing grass growth after a slow start
Edel O’Connor, PhD student, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway reports on the INZAC and breeding flocks. After a challenging spring, good weather conditions in recent weeks have allowed for increased grass growth levels and optimum conditions for silage harvesting.
- BETTER FARM UPDATE - Grass growth rates
Frank Campion, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway reports on conditions at the BETTER sheep farms. Grass growth for the BETTER sheep farms has been variable during the month of May, with supplies behind where they were last year when a number of the farms had silage made in early May.
- Precision livestock farming for sheep – have your say
Tim Keady of the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway outlines how the Sm@rt project is aiming to address the challenges to increasing EU flock profitability. The survey is available at the following link and will be open to responses for one month https://bit.ly/3sI0Eni
Blowfly strike affects the vast majority of flocks each season and needs to be addressed by implementing protective measures in time, before strike occurs. Early application of the chosen product will also help reduce the fly population on your farm.