Lamb draft­ing

Irish Examiner - Farming - - GENERAL FARMING -

Re­ports sug­gest vari­able lamb per­for­mance this sea­son.

It’s im­por­tant to take stock of the re­main­ing lambs on the farm, and to as­sess their po­ten­tial fin­ish date. In early September, lamb growth rate is typ­i­cally 150g/day, or 1kg/week, on well-man­aged grass­land. These rates de­cline as the sea­son pro­gresses.

To main­tain per­for­mance, lambs need the best avail­able pas­ture, and to be kept mov­ing ahead of the rest of the flock. De­pend­ing on the weight of the lambs re­main­ing, and the avail­able grass sup­ply, con­cen­trate sup­ple­men­ta­tion may be nec­es­sary. Al­though per­for­mance in­creases with higher feed lev­els, the best eco­nomic re­sponses are achieved from 300-600g/day per lamb.

In the BET­TER Farm Sheep Pro­gramme, nearly all lambs in all flocks were dosed in the past month, be­cause some fae­cal egg counts were quite high. need to pull these dates back. For ef­fec­tive clos­ing, it is im­per­a­tive to get the graz­ing or­der set up in the pre­vi­ous ro­ta­tion, dur­ing September.

Gary Nor­ris, Dungarvan, with his All-Ire­land Scotch ram cham­pion at Bantry Show; John Py­burn, show com­mit­tee, Pat Deane and Pat Fitzger­ald who judged the rams, Sean Casey, Bantry Tyre Cen­tre, prize spon­sor, and his chil­dren, Is­abel, An­drew and Michael.

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