On Thursday 12 December 2019, 26 farmers from Teagasc Knowledge Transfer sheep discussion groups in Donegal visited two farms in the north west.
The first visit brought them to the farm of Clement & Siobhan Lynch, who run a large flock of lowland and hill ewes outside the village of Park. Discussions on farm included breeding, housing and grassland management. Clement is using a Shearwell EID system on the farm which he finds very beneficial for measuring daily live weight gains of lambs during the summer months, identifying replacement ewe lambs and identifying ewes for culling.
The second visit of the day saw the group travel from Park to Garvagh, to the farm of Eric Garvin in Aghadowey. Eric introduced the group to a different breed and system with his large Easycare flock. There was great interest in the group around the idea of wool shedding and Eric explained he finds a great benefit in how this breed type tend to go on their back less, which greatly reduces his time spent checking ewes at grass. The group also toured the lambing facilities on site and picked up a few tips on low cost lambing pen set up.
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