AN EM­PHA­SIS ON GRASS FIN­ISH­ING

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

PHILIP HIG­GINS (pic­tured left) is the lat­est farmer to join the Sheep Tech joint ven­ture run by Tea­gasc in con­junc­tion with Ir­ish Coun­try Meats.

Philip farms a mixed suck­ler and sheep farm just out­side the vil­lage of Skreen in Co Sligo where he lives with his wife Amanda, son Jonathan and daugh­ters Naomi and Han­nah.

His flock con­sists of 316 com­mer­cial ewes, 29 pedi­gree Texel ewes and 115 ewe lambs put to the ram in 2017.

He plans to in­crease ewe num­ber to 500 in the next few years.

The ma­ture com­mer­cial ewes lambed in early March and the ewe lambs from mid-March. Ma­ture ewes were weaned on June 27 and ewe lambs weaned on July 7.

His main farm­ing tar­get on the sheep side for 2018 was to fin­ish as many lambs off grass as pos­si­ble with­out meal feed­ing.

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