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OviCast Podcast is the Teagasc’s Sheep podcast.
Presented by Ciaran Lynch that brings you the latest advice, insights and technical updates for the sheep industry.

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OviCast Podcast is the Teagasc’s Sheep podcast.
Presented by Ciaran Lynch that brings you the latest advice, insights and technical updates for the sheep industry.

    10: Episode 10: Winter housing management

    10: Episode 10: Winter housing management

    In this episode we are joined with Damien Costello Sheep Specialist who discussed some of the key management issues to consider during the housing period. Damian outlines why correct space allowance is a key consideration during the housing period. Damian also covers the importance of good ventilation, feed management and hygiene practices. We finish up discussing ways to improve the efficiency of the housing setup and ways in which it can be modified to improve efficiency and productivity of the system.

    • 15 min
    9: Episode 9: Managing condition score

    9: Episode 9: Managing condition score

    In this episode, we are joined by Liz Genever, an independent sheep consultant from the UK (Twitter - @LizGenever) to discuss the importance of managing condition score in flocks.
    We start by discussing the practice of condition scoring and the key time points during the year when it is important to assess it. Liz discusses some of the key findings of the AHDB’s funded key performance indicators project and the on-going Challenge Sheep project on the impact of condition on flock productivity. Following on from this Liz shares her insights and on why it’s important to actively manage condition during the year and why it’s necessary to manage thin and young sheep ewes separately from the main flock.

    • 16 min
    8: Episode 8: Controlling external parasites: Sheep dipping

    8: Episode 8: Controlling external parasites: Sheep dipping

    Within the industry there is a renewed interest in sheep dips as a means of external parasite control. Firstly we are joined by Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc who discusses the role sheep dips both fixed and mobile units can play in external parasite control. He also offers his views on why they may be the better option in the coming years particularly for sheep scab control. Michael also takes us through the vital steps necessary when preparing to dip sheep from animal preparation and the use of personal protective equipment. In the second half of the podcast we are joined by Kevin O’Sullivan ASSAP programme Advisor in Co Kerry. Kevin discusses best practice for dip procedure to minimise the risk of any environmental impact offering key advice on dipping procedure and dip disposal.

    • 20 min
    7: Episode 7: Role of alternative forages in store lambs systems

    7: Episode 7: Role of alternative forages in store lambs systems

    In this episode we are joined by Dr Frank Campion who discusses a new research trial that has started in Teagasc Athenry. The project aims to examine the role of alternative forages in store lambs finishing systems. Frank starts by giving us some background to the project and previous work on store lambs in Teagasc Athenry. We discuss crop selection and establishment and some of the targets he hopes to achieve with lambs grazing on these various crops. A cohort of lambs will also be finished indoors and on grass based diets to provide some comparative performance. With the project only in its infancy its certainly one we will be revisiting in the coming months.

    • 8 min
    6: Episode 6: Grazing focus – Gearing up for the autumn

    6: Episode 6: Grazing focus – Gearing up for the autumn

    Grazing focus – Gearing up for the autumn
    In this episode we are joined by Dr Philip Creighton to discuss setting up the grazing rotation for the autumn. We start by discuss current grass supply and demand targets for September and October. Phil discusses the importance that autumn closing has on spring grass availability and why it is necessary to set up for the final grazing rotation now. He also highlights the key targets for the sheep autumn closing plan. A copy of the Teagasc Autumn closing planner for sheep can be found at the following link: https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/animals/sheep/Sheep-Autumn-Closing-Planner.pdf . We finish up by discussing what aspects of soil fertility we can still address at this stage of the season.

    • 10 min
    5: Episode 5: Flock health status- biosecurity and quarantine

    5: Episode 5: Flock health status- biosecurity and quarantine

    In this episode we are joined by Michael Gottstein Head of Sheep in Teagasc to discuss biosecurity risks posed when introducing new sheep to the flock.
    Michael outlines the potential risks that can be introduced to a flock from purchased animals, from resistant parasite and lameness to abortive agents and iceberg diseases. Having a quarantine procedure in place to deal with stock entering the farm is a vital step, Michael takes us through the mitigating strategies that can be employed to reduce the risks. We also discuss some of the potential vaccination programmes that can be implemented on farm to reduce the effects of abortive agents. Some of these unwanted conditions have a long incubation period before physical signs are evident. We discuss the benefits of examining stock on farm and purchasing stock from a limited number of known sources.

    • 17 min

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Rossies for sam ,

Excellent content and advice

Excellent content and advise on the various aspects of sheep farming. Keep up the good work

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