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.