North-west farmers get rub of the green on grass growth
They will be single-sire mated, with the rams rotated after 17 days.
He will use raddle paste on the rams. He hopes to have a final team of three Suffolk, two Texel, two Charollais, two Bluefaced Leicester and one Belclare ram. This will leave him with two ‘subs’ if anything goes wrong.
Michael hopes to purchase some more store lambs later on.
He is investigating the purchase of a ‘diet feeder’ to reduce the workload during the winter and spring.
Like all major farming decisions it is not straight-forward as he has to take into account many factors including his existing tractor and loader, feed passages, feedback from other farmers and flock size.
Hopefully it will be in situ for the next update in December.
Grass growth is above normal this year on Michael Duffy’s farm in Kerrykeel on the Fanad Peninsula