Sheep Newsletter - November 2020
Get the latest information & advice from the Teagasc Sheep team in this month's newsletter. It includes: Grassland management; Monitor breeding flock; Options for remaining lambs; BETTER Farm Update - Ewes in good condition; & Research Update - Kill out averaging 44%.
View it here: Sheep Newsletter - November 2020 (PDF)
In this month's edition:
- Grassland management
Continue to graze out and close paddocks aiming to clean off pastures well, which allows light to get to the base of grass plant. This encourages tillering and also ensures high quality spring pastures.
- Monitor breeding flock
Observe the progress of mating by changing raddle colour at least every two weeks. If you find a significant number of repeats it is most likely an indicator of a ram fertility issue but there is still time to address this problem.
- Options for remaining lambs
At this time of year available grass needs to be prioritised for the breeding ewes. Grass supply on the farm will determine what the options are in relation to remaining lambs.
- BETTER Farm Update - Ewes in good condition
Frank Campion of the Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre at Athenry reports from the BETTER farm programme.
- Research Update - Kill out averaging 44%
Philip Creighton reports from the Teagasc Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway.
- Health & Safety - Prevent musculoskeletal disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries of muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, discs and bones.