Tom Coll

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

mid-De­cem­ber in the new slat­ted house which we will fea­ture in the next ar­ti­cle.

The first fields were closed in mid-Septem­ber and re­ceived a bag of 18-6-12 af­ter last graz­ing.

These fields will be avail­able for graz­ing af­ter lamb­ing in mid-Fe­bru­ary. The temp­ta­tion will be there for Clif­ford to ex­tend out the win­ter graz­ing pe­riod to mid-Jan­uary by graz­ing these fields which at present have nice cov­ers of grass.

This, how­ever, would be a huge mis­take.

The grass avail­able in Fe­bru­ary for graz­ing ewes is gen­er­ally grown in Oc­to­ber or early Novem­ber and car­ried through the win­ter for graz­ing in the spring.

If this is eaten prior to hous­ing, it will re­sult in a grass short­age in the spring and ewes will re­quire sup­ple­men­ta­tion with con­cen­trates to meet their nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments post lamb­ing.

The feed de­mands of the ewes in the spring rear­ing lambs are al­most dou­ble that of the preg­nant ewe graz­ing in

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