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Mating ewe lambs on the BETTER Sheep Farms

The practice of mating ewe lambs in mid season flocks has increased in recent years. Lambing replacements ewes as 1 year olds presents an opportunity to offset some of the replacement cost through an increase in flock output. However, following a difficult grazing season many producers may have taken the decision not to join their replacements this year.

03 November 2012
Type
Media Article
3 Pages
91KB
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Liver Fluke Control

Liver Fluke Control article written by Anthony O'Connor, Drystock Adviser, Teagasc Athenry which appeared in the Connacht Tribune / Tuam Herald

16 October 2012
Type
Media Article
3 Pages
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Scanning Results from BETTER farm Sheep Flocks

The pregnancy scanning for the BETTER Farm flocks is nearly complete. Two of the hill farmers and all producers that joined ewe lambs have completed scanning. Scanning results provide a useful assessment of flock productivity by identifying areas where improvements can be made.

06 February 2012
Type
Media Article
2 Pages
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BETTER Farms Sheep Programme - Hill flocks - Improving Output

The breeding season is under way on the 3 hill flocks involved in the Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme. For the past three seasons the objective of these producers been to increase the output from their flocks. Output per ewe is a key factor influencing profitability.

07 November 2011
Type
Media Article
3 Pages
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BETTER Farms Sheep Programme - Lowland flocks

The Teagasc BETTER Farm Sheep Programme was established in the autumn of 2008. The objective of the programme is to establish focal points for the on-farm implementation, development and evaluation of technology that is relevant to the sheep sector.

15 February 2011
Type
Media Article
4 Pages
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Finishing store lambs: what diet to offer

Approximately 20% of the annual lamb kill occurs during January, February and March. Consequently finishing store lambs is extremely important in the continuous supply of lamb to the market. A large proportion of these lambs are finished on concentrate diets.

01 December 2010
Type
Media Article
5 Pages
109KB
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Grazing management for high lamb performance to weaning

Grazed grass accounts for over 90% of the annual food intake of the ewe and her lambs. It should be remembered that whilst grazed grass is the cheapest feed available for sheep production it is expensive to produce. Hence it is essential to maximise lamb performance from grazed grass.

30 April 2009
Type
Media Article
6 Pages
108KB