‘Good bac­te­ria’ will pro­tect lamb­ing sheds from dis­ease

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grouped and fed ac­cord­ingly to the rad­dle mark af­ter scan­ning.

The pedi­gree Blue­faced Leices­ter ewes have been run­ning with the rams for the past few weeks and been served nat­u­rally this year.

All breed­ing sales are over for us this year. The mule lamb trade was solid, per­haps not quite as strong as other years, but the clear­ances of sheep were good, with farm­ers com­ing to Ballinrobe from all over Ire­land.

There were quite good sales for Blue­faced Leices­ter rams and La­nark rams and ewes con­sid­er­ing it has been a tough year for breed­ing sheep.

The re­main­ing wether lambs and Black­face ram lambs are on a fi­nal push for fin­ish­ing. They are cur­rently on the re­main­der of the Typhon, with the un­der-sown grass com­ing through well. These lambs are also be­ing fed creep to help them reach bet­ter fin­ish­ing weights and con­for­ma­tion.

Some of the lambs in the bunch are more than heavy enough to kill but need a while longer to have the right cover of flesh on them. I’d like to move them on as soon as I can to leave more grass for the ewes for the au­tumn and go­ing into the win­ter months. Hope­fully the price will hold up.

The fo­cus now turns to breed­ing and other jobs such as clean­ing sheds, some fenc­ing etc.

All sheds will be power-washed, cleaned with a de­ter­gent and dis­in­fec­tant and then sprayed with a pro­bi­otic to re­pop­u­late the sheds with ‘good bac­te­ria’, a prac­tice that has worked well for the past few years. Since I started lamb­ing in­doors, I find hy­giene is crit­i­cal.

We got some more si­lage bales made in the past few weeks. I hope this should cover our re­quire­ments for the win­ter and spring.

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