AgriSearch will be holding three farm walks in conjunction with AFBI & CAFRE on 15th-17th January 2013

Feeding and managing pregnant ewes for a good lambing

Dealing with poorer quality forage after a difficult season will be amongst the issues tackled at a series of events organized jointly by AFBI, AgrISearch, CAFRE and the NSA.  The first of these events are farm walks, all with a 2 pm start, are with Ian Buchanan, Dungiven (15 January), Francis and John McHenry, Moss-side (16 Jan) and Alan Montgomery (17 Jan).

The latest research findings of on-farm research will be highlighted at the events pointing the way forward on feeding and managing ewes over the last 2-months of pregnancy.  CAFRE advisors will deal with concentrate feeding regimes to complement a range of forage types and quality.  Issues such as mineral, as well as energy and protein supplementation, will also be addressed to help ensure ewes lamb down in good form with lambs with plenty of vigour.

Each of the host farmers participates in on-farm research with AFBI Hillsborough funded by DARD and AgriSearch.  The producers will share the findings of the programme on ewe feeding and management.  Staff from AFBI Veterinary Sciences Division will be on hand to discuss the control of liver fluke and stomach and intestinal worms, taking on-board recent monitoring results from farms across Northern Ireland.

Finally, simple recording schemes to select replacements for prolificacy and easier lambing will be featured on the days. 

A warm welcome is extended to all sheep producers to attend these events (all signposted from the nearest village/town).  For biosecurity, please wear clean clothes and footwear.