Increase sheep farm profitability by focusing on lamb finishing

A series of events are being held across Wales this month to examine ways in which farmers can improve lamb finishing.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Farming Connect have joined forces to arrange the events which will focus on reducing the number of days to slaughter, a key driver in sheep farm profitability.

There are a number of factors that affect lamb finishing including market requirements, grazing management and animal health. Monitoring growth rates by weighing regularly provides valuable information that can be used as an early indicator of animal health or nutritional issues. Using the latest EID technology systems is a useful and efficient way of collecting this information to help improve profitability.

James Ruggeri, Industry Development Executive at HCC said: “Understanding market requirements and setting a target market should be the first consideration for any lamb producer. This should then be followed by matching the right genetics and finishing system to meet the target market.

“Studies have also shown that drench resistance is posing a big problem in Wales and there are variations from farm to farm.”

In 2014 and 2015 HCC’s Wales Against Anthelmintic Resistance Development (WAARD) project found that 34% of participating farms had resistance to two of the four groups of drenches tested, 28% had triple resistance and 15% had resistance to them all.

Good grazing management, contamination mapping and adopting sustainable parasite control principles can help reduce reliance on anthelmintics and improve flock performance.

The on-farm and evening events are open to everyone and will include contributions from HCC Industry Development Executives along with Farming Connect Red Meat Technical Officers and drench resistance project deliverers.

They will be held on the following dates:





4pm, 11/05/2016

Fferm Bron Haul Farm, Henllan, Dinbych LL16 5DE

Gethin Prys Davies

01248 672672

7:30pm 12/05/2016

Plas Antaron, Southgate, Aberystwyth SY23 1SF

Lisa Roberts

01970 631 406

7:30pm, 18/05/2016

Hand Hotel, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llangollen LL20 7LD

Marial Edwards


7:30pm, 23/05/2016

Llandovery Rugby Club, SA20 0BA

Menna Williams

01970 631 405

11am 24/05/2016

Frowen Farm, Login, Whitland SA34 0TP

Menna Williams

01970 631 405

7:30pm 24/05/2016

Garwnant Visitor Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, RC, CF48 2HT

Menna Willams

01970 631 405

5pm 26/05/2016 

Fronlas NPTC College Farm, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4JA

Lisa Roberts

01970 631 406

7:30pm, 26/05/2016

Gwesty’r Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis LL55 4TY

Emyr Owen

07415 757 461

7:30pm, 1/06/2016

Welshpool Livestock Market, Buttington Cross, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8SR

Gwenan Ellis

07866 547984