AN EMPHASIS ON GRASS FINISHING
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.