North-west farm­ers get rub of the green on grass growth

John Can­non

Irish Independent - Farming - - FINANCE -

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.

FU­TURE PLANS

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

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