10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators

survival blog

Last time we offered advice for those showing animals at shows this year, so now we’ve put together a few tips for those thinking of heading to some shows as spectators, be they small local ones or larger national shows. Livestock shows bring a lot of life to communities over the summer and it’s always a good day out no matter what age you are. However you can easily get overwhelmed by the event and you can end up leaving regretting some decisions if you aren’t careful. So here are the Agridirect teams tips to make sure you make the most of the day. Continue reading “10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators”

10 Tips for Getting Ready to Show your Livestock

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Yes it is show season again so we’ve put together a few tips for those wishing to show some livestock this year. Livestock shows bring a lot of life to communities over the summer and it’s down to those who take the time to bring their animals out.  So whether you are new to the showing and need some advice starting out or a seasoned pro needing a few reminders for the coming season, hopefully these tips will help you on your way. Continue reading “10 Tips for Getting Ready to Show your Livestock”

Blowfly Strike – Be prepared

blowfly blog

It’s that time of year again where sheep farmers around the country are facing into battle with the dreaded blowfly. Blowflies are the most widespread external parasite affecting sheep in the UK and Ireland. If not properly controlled, sheep farmers can be left facing serious welfare and productivity issues, including loss of condition, reduced wool clip and leather quality, disease transmission and death. Continue reading “Blowfly Strike – Be prepared”

Is it time to bring back the horse?

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Although many of us rural dwellers don’t like it, the new Shane Ross drink driving bill has been brought about with the aim of saving lives. As a result it is very difficult to argue against without looking reckless, as the Healy Rae brothers discovered. The facts as stated by Minister Ross show that 38% of road accidents are as a result of drunk driving. Continue reading “Is it time to bring back the horse?”

Growing Resistance: Are you using the right wormer?

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Concerns are growing nationally and internationally regarding the increased cases of resistance to some of the most commonly used wormers. As serious issues on farms go it is right up there alongside the increase of antibiotic resistant bacteria that is making headlines worldwide.  Since 1981 Ivermectin has been the go to wormer for most Irish farms, with many using it not only as a wormer but also to treat everything down to mild cases of lice. Unfortunately this has resulted in over use and ultimately to evidence showing high numbers of resistant farms around the country. Continue reading “Growing Resistance: Are you using the right wormer?”

Nematodirus in Lambs: Prevention is better than Cure!!

Nematodirus blog

The annual menace of Nematodirus battus is still a serious problem on many farms in Ireland, with the changeable weather this year causing particular concern. The Nematodrus can cause acute, severe diarrhoea leading to sudden dehydration and lamb deaths on many farms. As the onset of disease can be very sudden, farmers have to be vigilant and respond rapidly with appropriate anthelmintics. You can’t afford to “wait and see how things pan out” when it comes to this thread-necked roundworm. Continue reading “Nematodirus in Lambs: Prevention is better than Cure!!”

It’s time to think about slurry again!

slurry blog

At the minute many farmers are trying to empty some of the slurry from their tanks.  The prolonged winter has left many tanks at capacity, but some areas have seen enough improvement to spark the belief that a growing season is on the horizon; the time is right to get the tanker dusted off and put to work. Continue reading “It’s time to think about slurry again!”

Worried about Mr Fox getting your lambs? Foxlight could be answer!

fox light blog

It’s lambing time again with many farmers losing sleep trying to get all ewes lambed, not to mention fostering multiple birth lambs to a mother with a single lamb. These are the two main problems that keep sheep farmers awake at lambing time. However if you have the ewes scanned and know what you’re facing it can make these things a lot smoother. Lambing in a shed also limits these problems. However with many sheep farmers having large numbers of ewes, shed space for all might not be possible. Indeed a lot of farmers don’t have a large capacity sheep shed at all. These farmers have an extra worry keeping sleep away; the bold Mr Fox. While farmers lambing in sheds won’t need to worry as much about this predator, those with ewes lambing outdoors will be very aware of the danger he poses. Continue reading “Worried about Mr Fox getting your lambs? Foxlight could be answer!”