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Sheep Newsletter - May 2021


Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Flock health issues; BETTER Farm Update - Growth and dosing; Research Update - Lambing 2021; Let’s Talk Sheep webinars; and Health & Safety - Silage safety.

View it here: Sheep Newsletter - May 2021 (PDF)

In this month's edition:

  • Grassland management
    Optimising performance at grass is achieved by moving ewes and lambs to fresh high-quality grass every three to four days. If grazing group size is not sufficient to graze out a sward in about three days, one option is to increase the group size.
  • Flock health issues
    The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s (DAFM) Nematodirus forecast published on April 1, 2021 suggested that peak larval hatching would occur earlier than usual this year due to higher than normal soil temperatures. 
  • BETTER Farm Update - Growth and dosing
    Frank Campion, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway reports on grass growth and dosing on the BETTER sheep farms. 
  • Research Update - Lambing 2021
    Philip Creighton, Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc Athenry, Co. Galway reports on the latest from the Sheep Research Demonstration Farm, Athenry.
  • Let’s Talk Sheep webinars
    Don’t miss our monthly sheep webinar for timely, relevant and practical tips, where you will also have the opportunity to put your questions to the presenters on the night.
  • Health & Safety - Silage safety
    May is the month when grass growth ramps up and silage is made. It is a high-risk month and it is important to give safety your first priority.