Flock notebooks were circulated to breeders prior to Christmas and by now all breeders should have received one. With the lambing season in full swing for some breeders we encourage you to look through this notebook as there has been many new additions. Previously the main purpose of this notebook was for recording data at lambing time. Hopefully it will be of greater use to breeders throughout the year as you can now record health and mating data along with pregnancy records. By recording lambing information into this booklet, it should make the process of entering lambing information online easier. Having a back-up of your lambing information can prove extremely useful if you need to query a lambing event in the case of a dam mismatch etc.
Below is an example of recording lambing information in the booklet and circled is the new traits we are collecting data on (lamb vigour, ewe milk ability & ewe mothering ability).
2018 Lambing Season has commenced
Within the last few weeks many flocks have begun to lamb down, we encourage breeders to record this information in their Flock notebook and to try and enter their information online within a few weeks of lambing. The Data Quality Index (DQI) is a measure of the quality and quantity of data recorded by a breeder throughout the year. Timeliness plays a major role within this index and so it is very important to record lambing information promptly.
Career opportunity within Sheep Ireland for a Technical Support Role
We have a vacancy in our team for a Technical Support position. This would be a fantastic opportunity for someone to improve upon and broaden their range of skills and be part of an ambitious, hard-working team. Closing Date is Thursday January 18th. For more information regarding the job description and requirements please see here.