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Sector News Sector News1-1-2019

With changing market dynamics and the uncertainty of Brexit, production efficiency and a good nutritional strategy will be key in 2019 as producers look at different flock scenarios:

  • Older ewes retained - Higher plane of nutrition
  • More lambs for breeding - Continued growth as well as production
  • Flock consolidation - Increase lambing %

Forage

Grass Silage - Big Bale 2017 2018 Top 25% Bottom 25%
Dry Matter (%) 44 48 42.7 53.6
Energy (MJ/kg DM) 10.0 10.3 11.2 9.3
Protein (% DM) 13.4 12.6 13.8 9.8
NDF - Fibre (% DM) 53 53 47.3 59.3