The Teagasc Better Farm program brings best practice and research to selected commercial farms. There is also a trial aspect to it. In the case of Brian Nicholson in Kilkenny, he undertook a trial on 3 different sire breeds on his ewe lambs in autumn 2014. The results were released today at an open day on his farm.
It was no surprise to the Vendeen lambs coming out on top at weaning. There was no difference in lambing ease/difficulty between the breeds but the Vendeen
lambs were 1kg heavier at weaning that the nearest and 2kg heavier than the third breed.