Know How / Sheep

Whether you run a sheep flock that numbers in the dozens or the thousands, keeping your rams, ewes and lambs healthy and productive is the key to achieving maximum production.

Regardless of your sheep breed, location or system, these pages give you the important health, welfare, nutrition and genetic advice to help make your flock profitable and sustainable.

Key focus areas:

  • Breeding to suit your system
  • Grassland management and nutrition
  • Improving flock health
  • Finishing lambs to suit market requirements
  • Reducing your cost of production

Latest Know How

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How sheep farmers can protect next year's grass covers

Closing 20% of sheep pasture in late October, rising to 80% by mid-December, will provide sufficient grass covers for grazing next spring, despite difficult growing conditions this year. Sheep grazing…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

What’s it like to farm £1-a-year National Trust tenant farm?

An Anglesey farmer who won a dream National Trust tenancy for an annual rent of just £1/year tells us of the challenges and rewards of farming on The Great Orme,…

SHEEP

Short-term tenancies no obstacle for livestock farm business

One couple haven’t been put off taking on short-term tenancies and grazing licences to help build their farming enterprise.  Will (38) and Gillian (37) Sedgley farm in the Yorkshire Dales,…

DIVERSIFICATION

How young farm tenants plan to improve hill farm income

Young farmers Daniel Simpson and Ruby Cappleman have big plans to make their Lake District farm more self-sufficient after securing a 15-year tenancy on a National Trust farm last autumn.…

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