Flock visits have formed an integral part of the breed improvement program since they started in January 2019. They give LambPlus breeders an opportunity to talk one-to-one with a member of the Sheep Ireland team about any concerns they have, how they can use their data they are collecting to help make better flock management decisions and to add integrity to the data being collected.
Flock visits were suspended due to the Covid-19 restrictions over the past number of months however they have recommenced in the past number of weeks.
At this time of year, a flock visit would include a full flock assessment, where all the ewes and lambs still on the flock will be weighed and scored for body condition score, lameness, dagginess and mastitis. All this data will be recorded using the LambPlus app, and breeders will have the opportunity to get a option to try recording on the app on their own phones also if they wish. This data will help to increase the accuracy of your flock’s evaluation and help better identify what genetics are working well in your flock for you.
Below are some snapshots of recent visits to flocks.
If you would like to have a flock visit please call David on 087 385 9122 or e-mail [email protected] and he will organise a date and time for you.
Any breeders who would like to discuss any other matters such as the inbreeding checker, ordering genotypes or selecting replacement females can do so over the phone by calling 023 882 0451.