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Blowfly strike remains the most significant external parasite challenge impacting the Irish sheep industry. The risk of attack increases during warm, humid conditions. However, changing climate patterns in the UK and Ireland have meant the blowfly season is becoming harder to predict as to when it starts and finishes, according to animal health company, Elanco

Forward-thinking sheep farming

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This year’s Irish Grassland Association sheep event visited John Large’s sheep farm, which straddles the Kilkenny-Tipperary border. The home farm is located on the outskirts of Gortnahoe village and is the base for a busy sheep and suckler beef system. The farm also encompasses a further two blocks of ground that add up to an 80 hectare operation, writes Matt O’Keeffe.