Duration Team and Leader  Alistair Carson Organisations Involved Alistair Carson, (ARINI), Lynne Dawson (ARINI) Background and Summary With the sheep industry under sustained financial pressure options to reduce cost in lowland sheep production systems need urgent investigation. Reducing the level of labour input is particularly important as this represents the largest single input associated with sheep production. Outdoor lambing may be an important component of lower labour input systems.  To address these issues a two year study, part-funded by AgriSearch, is being...

Duration  Team and Leader Alistair Carson Organisations Involved Alistair Carson and Lynn Dawson, ARINI. Background and Summary Reducing the labour requirements of sheep production systems is a key issue for the Northern Ireland sheep industry. Survey data indicates that 4 to 8 hours per ewe are required for lowland sheep production systems involving intensive shepherding indoor lambing systems.  A large-scale on-farm study funded by Agrisearch and DARD has shown the potential for controlled grass-based lambing systems to reduce feed costs and the labour requirement of...

Duration Team and Leader Alistair Carson Organisations Involved  Alistair Carson (ARINI) and Maurice McCoy (VSD) Background and Summary Effective control of gastrointestinal parasites is crucial in maintaining good health and performance of lambs and thereby minimising labour requirements in sheep production systems. The indiscriminate use of wormers is likely to be inefficient from a labour and economic point of view and even more importantly this type of parasite control is under threat from the growing resistance of the infectious nematode parasites to available...

Duration Team and Leader Alistair Carson Organisations Involved Alistair Carson, (ARINI), Lynne Dawson (ARINI), Scott Laidlaw (DANI) Background and Summary Over the last decade returns from sheep production have fallen by 25% in real terms and this trend is set to continue (MLC, 1997). To remain competitive lower cost systems of production will have to be developed. Reducing the level of labour input will be particularly important as this represents the largest single cost associated with sheep production.  Survey data from Northern Ireland farms indicate an average...