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Michael Duffy farms at Ker­ry­keel on the Fanad Penin­sula, 23 miles north of Let­terkenny.

His op­er­a­tion con­sists of 419 ewes/ewe lambs mated and over 1000 store lambs pur­chased.

He has a tar­get wean­ing per­cent­age of 1.8 lambs per ewe and 1.0 lamb per ewe lamb mated.

His aim is to keep lamb mor­tal­ity at less than 10oc and have 650 lambs for sale. He tar­gets ewe body con­di­tion scores (BCS) from wean­ing with the aim of hav­ing a ewe BCS of 3.5 at mat­ing and 3.0 at lamb­ing.

In re­cent years, he feeds some meal from hous­ing to pre­vent any loss of ewes BCS.

In Novem­ber 2018 Michael in­vested in a sec­ond hand diet feeder so all the ewes are now fed con­sis­tent to­tal mixed ra­tion (TMR) of silage and meals.

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