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    Sheep welfare funding

    It not always like this in some cases the tenant might keep 50% of the value or the entitlements. From 2023 on in the new cap 25% of the entitlement value will only be got through doing two eco measures so hopefully this means that that 25% will stay with tenants.
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    Sheep welfare funding

    Not really, In ireland, any 5 year lease term or longer is tax free income for the land owner. So say the tenant is paying 200 a acre and drawing 100 a acre entitlements on said land, the general rule is to pay the 300 back as "rent" so the owner is getting all (rent and entitlements) tax...
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    suffolk or charollais for lleyn

    I would be inclined to say suffolk as well if you can get the right sort of suffolk ram. Using that cross here and find it good. Make good factory lambs and the ewe lamb is easy sold. They go mad for that speckled face suffolk Cross, lamb/hogget here.
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    Shearing 2021

    What's a good number per hour for sheep sheared? Do me own here, second year at it now. 26 a hour is my best going normally be around 24 or that.. I know lads that are away at it every day would be doing far more but for a farmer just doing his own?
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    Sheep winter housing

    That's correct, have wooden slats here as well and ya will often see a small lambs legs go between the slats. Mostly with a set of small triplets. Lambs when their born on plastic slats have no difficulty starting doing up.
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    Sheep winter housing

    I'd expect I'd would work, if you raised the slats slightly and then had the floor done underneath so that the water could drain to a tank if there's a tank near hand. It wouldn't need cleaning out for a long time. Sheep wouldn't have as much grip on them as the straw though.
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    Sheep winter housing

    It's a different game for a lot of us in Ireland compared to lads in the UK imo. If the sheep on my farm weren't housed or else sent away to winter grazing the amount of stock I could carry would be far far lower. I do admire the big runs of land ye do have. It's great to have it!
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    Sheep winter housing

    The tanks I have with timber slats are done the same way with the wall up the middle and the opening at each end for it to circulate. Very easy to mix, no solids like cattle slurry and its serious stuff to grow grass even without the pig slurry.
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    Sheep winter housing

    The Plastic slats I have here, this is how their supported. 6x4 concrete lentils running between the pillars.
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    Breeding a good hill ewe

    The mayo ewe is a great sheep, I do cross them with a wicklow cheviot. The ewe lambs of that cross are great sheep as well. That pic is some mayos in off the mountain for sorting for the ram. Hardy ladies
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    Breeding a good hill ewe

    A lot of people crossing them with a lanark/scotch as well to give a bigger type sheep. Not near as hardy as a true mayo ewe.
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    Sheep breeding, bit of advice

    Id be inclined to agree, run lleyns here as well but have never crossed them on the cheviot x blackie ewe. I think the lamb would lack size and wouldn't sell well in the store ring but I could be wrong. Did cross the lleyn on the blackface ewes for a few years but the ewes were very small...
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    Sheep breeding, bit of advice

    Would ya have to buy in your replacement ewe lambs then John as ya wouldn't have the blackface ewes to cross with the cheviot? That would be the biggest disadvantage imo. Use the wicklow here on blackface ewes and I'd have to agree they are a very good ewe.
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    Rappa race grip

    Southern Ireland
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    Rappa race grip

    I'm wondering will the rappa race grip fit in any of the other mobile yards. I've got approval under the tams grant for a mobile handling system and you get 6 months to purchase from the date of approval. But rappa have a 6 month waiting list so that's out. Had intended buying the the standard...
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    What sort of Lleyn?

    Very happy with him. He was the last ram, I put forward for registering. Was tempted to sell him that year but decided against it
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    What sort of Lleyn?

    Said Id just stick up a few pics on this again of how the lleyns are going here, not breeding registered now, pics are of a home bred ram, he's a 3 year old now, very happy with him. A few ewe lambs and a few of the ewes. Still working on getting the lambing percentage down:LOL:
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    Teaching lambs to eat feed

    With the hill lambs here, when im training them to eat I run them in at night it, different groups at a time. Do it every night for a week or so and come the end of the week they will be waiting to get in at the gate in the evening. If you have a shed handy that is. Might be a few not eating but...
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    Comb and cutter grinder

    I imagine that's a bonus alright, being able to sharpen them more often and not running them till they are completely blunt. Seen the youtube videos alright and they make it look easy.... But anything is easy once ya know what yer at!
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    Comb and cutter grinder

    Have been thinking about buying my on grinder for sharpening my own combs and cutters.. Shearing about 6-700 for the year. Now I've been looking out for a second hand one but they seem like hens teeth! Has anyone here got one to do their own? Did it take long to master it or would ye consider...
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