Lambing: How one Northern Irish farmer is maximising his crop

Beef and sheep farmer Eoin Kelly, of Crockataggart Farms, discusses the key to boosting lamb survival rate and flock profitability with Provita technical sales director George Shaw.

NSA launches Lambing List to help farmers source help

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the opening of its Lambing List for the 2020/2021 season.

‘Social distancing’ could tackle maedi-visna

A lack of social distancing between sheep is almost exclusively to blame for the spread of the virus that causes maedi-visna, according to new research.

“We’ve always been innovative and found new ways to generate income”

Farmers Matt and Pip Smith are tough. Farming 850 feet above sea level on the edge of Bodmin Moor near Launceston in Cornwall, the 2017 Sheep Farmer of the Year is used to high rainfall and challenging conditions buffeting the 480-acre site with grazing rights, where the couple farm 1,000 Romney ewes and some 700 venison at any one time – including 238 breeding hinds.

Lamb sector under-threat in event of ‘no deal’, CLA warns

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents 30,000 rural businesses in England and Wales, has today issued a stark warning to the government on the impact that no-deal would have on Britain’s competitiveness in EU agricultural markets.

New interactive map of Enzootic Abortion of Ewes

Ceva Animal Health has launched an interactive map to demonstrate the threat of Enzootic Abortion of Ewes (EAE).

Sheep farmer views sought for antibiotic survey

Scottish sheep farmers are being asked to take part in a survey to establish antibiotic usage in the industry.

Test before you treat sheep for liver fluke this autumn

This year has highlighted that there is no typical year for fluke. With a very dry spring in some regions followed by a wet summer, the timing of peak fluke risk this year could be different from normal and different across the country. Reports of cases of fluke have started to come in from some regions, however these are variable, highlighting the unpredictability of fluke this year.

NSA welcomes Welsh Government pledge to increase use of British wool

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has today welcomed the news that the Welsh Government has announced its commitment to consider using more British wool as a natural insulation product in Wales’ public buildings.

NSA challenges short sighted research on replacing sheep farming with forests

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has hit back at claims from new research that suggest traditional farming methods should be halted, with trees planted where sheep now graze.

Optimise Fertility in Your Flock by Managing Worms Pre-Tupping

Sheep farmers are being encouraged to conduct faecal egg count (FEC) tests in their ewes and rams prior to tupping to identify and manage any worm burdens that could impact fertility & conception rates.

£5m precision technology project to focus on sheep welfare management

A £5 million research project involving nine countries – from Scandinavia to the Middle East – is aiming to revolutionise the use of precision technology in sheep and goat farming.

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