Campbell Tweed will host an Easy Care open evening at his Ballygally farm on Friday July 24th, events get underway at 4.30pm.
The itinerary, for what promises to be a very informative get-together, will include a background briefing from Campbell on the development of his flock over recent years.
This will be followed by a presentation from Sheep Ireland’s Eamon Wall, who will profile the recording work undertaken with the Easy Care stock on the Tweed farm. A representative from Dunbia will also speak on the evening.
Following the presentations, visitors to the farm will have the opportunity of viewing a cross section of Easycare ewes and lambs.
Campbell Tweed believes that the Easy Care breed has a continuing role to play within the sheep sector.
“The animals’ ability to naturally shed their wool is only one of the factors that make these sheep increasingly attractive to producers the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland,” he said
“The other drivers are the ability of ewes to lamb outdoors with little or no assistance, their excellent mothering abilities and the production, for the most part, of R grade lambs from flocks that are offered only grazed grass and silage.”
Tweed runs a flock of 2750 ewes on his upland farm, lambing in April. All the animals are performance recorded throughout the year.
“Last year only half a per cent of our ewes needed assistance at lambing,” he said.
“Mothers have an excellent supply of milk with most able to rear twin and triplet lambs without difficulty. In a normal year we will have lambs ready for market at around 19.5 kilos carcass weight by the end of August.
“Ewes with twins are stocked at a rate of six per acre. The equivalent stocking rate for those with singles is ten.”
He added that lambs will be drafted on a continuing basis from September onwards with grazed grass the sole feed source
Esay Care ewes will start to shed their wool around the middle of May. They fall into three categories: bare scruffy and rough.
“Bare sheep will lose all of their wool. Those in the other two categories will hold on to their wool to varying degrees.
“We will clip those sheep that retain a high proportion of their fleeces,” said Tweed.
“All visitors will be made welcome next Friday: there is no fee.”
For further information, contact Campbell Tweed on 07802 835335.