A Farm Walk.

This morning we all started early so we could be ready to leave early to head to Kilkenny to Brian and Alison Nicholson farm where they were hosting a sheep open day. They have a 108ha sheep only farm in the middle of Kilkenny and have 550 ewes and 300 replacement ewe lambs . Their farm is set in a beautiful part of the country , it’s so quiet with so many beautiful old trees and stone walls on the farm .

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Brian is part of the Teagasc better farm scheme and because we are part of the STAP scheme there are so many meetings we have to attend each year. I missed the one a few weeks ago at John Kelly’s but today I made it to Brian’s .
These sheep open days are a great way especially for us newbies to sheep to see how others run their farms. They are a great way to see how others cope with daily problems that might crop up and what targets can be reached with the right management of your sheep enterprise .
There was so much discussed today that I will be still taking in information in a few days I would say . We covered everything from ram star ratings ,breeding , picking your replacement ewes , breeds of sheep Brian had and the reasons why , diseases sheep can get and what is the best ways to treat them , grassland and so much more .

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We got to meet three of Brian’s boys up close , I like the middle ram the best . We got to see some of his ewes up close and in the distance .

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We were shown different grass lengths and as we were going around the farmer was picking up new ideas for our farm.

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Then to top a really interesting morning I got to catch up with my friend and fellow female sheep farmer Suzanna Crampton , the two most stylish sheep farmers :).

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Open days are a great way for farmers to learn more and get ideas to improve their own farms . I hope Teagasc will run more next year because we really enjoyed today’s one .


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