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News: Shearing 833 sheep in 24 hours, a 10,000gns ram lamb & a farmer’s €1.15m land investment

In this news article, we take a look back at some of the stories, we, www.thatsfarming.com, have featured this week.

Headlines include:

  • First processor sets June 2023 milk price;
  • 6 key take-home messages from dairy calf-to-steer farm walk in Mayo
  • A 10,000gns Dutch Spotted ram lamb;
  • Local farmer forks out €1,155,000 for 68ac block of land in Offaly;
  • Shearing 833 sheep in 24 hours.
June 2023 milk price

Lakeland Dairies, this week, became the first milk processor to set their price for June 2023 supplies.

According to a statement released to this publication by a spokesperson for Lakeland Dairies, the price of 37.35c/litre (3.6% butterfat and 3.3% protein) will be paid for June milk in the Republic of Ireland.

This price is unchanged from the May price, as reported by us in this news article.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, Lakeland Dairies has held the base price of milk for June at 30 p/litre.

Read more, including market commentary, in this news article.

At the time of publishing, we have received no other statements from processors regarding last month’s milk price.

Dairy calf-to-beef in Mayo

That’s Farminvisited the farm of Jarlath and Austin Ruane, in Corbally, outside Claremorris, Co Mayo, where they operate a dairy calf-to-beef and lowland sheep system.

In this article, we summarised some of the key take-home messages for farmers, shared by Jarlath at a DairyBeef 500 open day on the evening of Thursday, July 13th, 2023.

The farm spans 34ha, which is predominately a clay-type soil, and is fragmented in nature, with four main blocks within a 5-mile radius of the home block.

Traditionally, the farm had a store-to-beef and lowland sheep enterprise and first dabbled in calf-to-beef in 2016 with the purchase of 10 dairy-bred calves.

Austin and Jarlath both work off-farm full-time and every year, rear approximately 80 calves, which arrive onto the west of Ireland-based enterprise, which has a stocking rate of 2.8LU/ha, from 2-3 weeks of age.

Key messages cover:

  • Calf sourcing policy;
  • Animal herd health plan;
  • Management – providing the correct environment for calves;
  • Mixed grazing;
  • Paddocks’ potential;
  • Reducing the average age of slaughter.

Read this article. Also read:  ‘You should be giving less for the 1-star animal than the 5-star’

10,000gns ram lamb

Headlining the Dutch Spotted Society’s first export-eligible sale at Swatragh Livestock Market on Friday, July 7th, 2023, was the 10,000gns Ballintur Geronimo from the flock of Seamus Killen.

By Tiptop Fancy Pants, who was acquired at the 2022 Carlisle premier sale, and out of imported ewe, EasyontheEye (IM1819), March 2023-born Geronimo (single ET) found his new home with Shortt & McAllister.

According to his breeder, Kileen, “he is the first ram lamb to be sold from our new stock ram and this mating offers new bloodlines”.

Read more on this news article.

Local farmer forks out €1,155,000 for 68ac block of land in Offaly

A local farmer has forked out €1,155,000 for a circa 68-acre block of “top quality”, free-draining land with “extensive” road frontage at Clonmore, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

The property came under the hammer, at Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas, on June 29th, 2023, in an auction handled by David Doyle of JP & M Doyle.

The property has a stock handling facility and ruins of a castle and outbuildings on-site.

The lands, while presently laid under lush grassland pasture, could serve as a multitude of farming enterprises sheltered by mature hedgerows and trees laid out in two main divisions.

According to the property firm, it is situated in the townland of Clonmore, in this most convenient location with easy access to the M4 and M5 and is a circa 25-minute drive to the train station at Enfield with a commuter service to Dublin city.

Read more on this post-auction report.

833 is the magic number for shearathon

West Kerry-based, James O’Connor shorn 833 sheep in 24 hours as part of a fundraising event for his sister’s cancer treatment, which has to date, received over €93,000 in donations through a GoFundMe page.

His 24-hour shearathon ran from 6 pm on Friday, July 7th, 2023 and drew to a close at 6 pm on Saturday, July 8th, 2023, at O’Connor’s Guest House in Cloghane.

In 2022, Mary Lynch (43), a married mother of two young children, Pádraig (7) and Éadaoin (3), was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of breast cancer – Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) – triple-negative breast cancer.

Her battle to date has included 20 weeks of chemo, followed by a mastectomy and lymph node axillary clearance.

Mary then continued her treatment with radiotherapy for three weeks, but unfortunately, despite all this and following a scan, she was told that the cancer had metastasised to her lung.

She was given a life expectancy of two years, with the only treatment option offered being to try to contain the cancer for as long as possible – Read more.

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