Teagasc holds successful Sheep Seminar in Roscommon
Type Media Article
By Brian Daly,
Teagasc Drystock Adviser, Roscommon Town.
Teagasc Roscommon/Longford held a very informative Sheep seminar last week in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon Town where over 350 farmers were in attendance. Speaking at the meeting, which has chaired by Local Drystock Adviser Brian Daly, were Ronan Collins and Damien Conry from Kepak Athleague, Frank Hynes, Sheep Specialist Teagasc Athenry and Francis Bligh, Teagasc Drystock Adviser Longford. Ronan Collins and Damien Conry from Kepak gave a review of the sheep trade 2017 and what the markets may look like in 2018. Markets look strong for 2018 however there is still some challenges ahead namely Brexit, an increase in the size of the National flock, seasonality changes, market demand for electronic identification and the clean livestock policy. Also on the night Kepak displayed its wide and varied value added lamb product range. Kepak now sell predominately value added product rather than carcass cuts to its customers. Frank Hynes spoke of the importance of getting ewe nutrition right between now and lambing time. In the last 6 weeks of pregnancy 75% of lamb growth takes place. It’s critical to select the right feed ingredients for the increased demand of energy and protein. With a scarcity and reduction in quality of silage this winter, ewes need the right meal type to support pregnancy, give birth to a healthy lamb and be able to produce enough milk to feed it. Francis Bligh spoke on the importance of Farm Safety. Twenty four people lost their lives on farms last year. Almost 50% of deaths involved crush injuries with tractors, vehicles and machinery. Francis also stressed the importance of looking after your own general health for example reducing stress, getting adequate rest and sleep to prevent accidents. Whenever you suspect you are ill, have lumps or bumps aches or pains don’t hesitate to go to your doctor.
Teagasc Roscommon/Longford would like to thank all farmers who attended, all the speakers on the night and the Abbey Hotel for hosting the seminar. Spot prizes on the night were two hampers of Lamb cuts kindly sponsored by Kepak and one tonne of No.2 Lamb pellet ration, kindly sponsored by Anthony Flaherty, Sales Rep for Red Mills.
Teagasc provides a Local Advisory and Education service to farmers. They have offices based in Roscommon Town (Tel: 090 6626166), Longford Town (Tel: 043 3341021) and Castlerea (Tel: 094 9620160). You can find us online at #TeagascRNLD