Project Title: Investigating factors affecting dry matter intake, digestibility and meat quality in growing lambs grazing alternative forages.
Sarah is investigating the effect of sward type on dry matter intake, digestibility, meat quality and methane output in sheep systems. The swards being investigated are perennial ryegrass in conjunction with chicory, plantain, white clover and red clover.
The primary goal of this project is to gain more knowledge in the use of these alternative forages as an acceptable animal feedstuff and evaluate whether this production system can improve animal performance and efficiency at farm level. Sustainability and efficiency of farming methods are key focuses as we continue to tackle the ever growing concern of climate change making research such as this invaluable to the future of our sheep farming systems.
Sarah is originally from a mixed enterprise farm in County Sligo. Outside of her studies Sarah’s interests lie in farming, sport and travel. She took a year out before commencing her undergraduate degree of Agricultural Science (Animal Science) in UCD. During the year Sarah travelled to Australia where she worked on a farm experiencing agriculture from a whole new perspective.
While she has a broad interest base in agriculture her passion has always been in Sheep production, hence her choice to further her studies in the industry.
Programme Area: Animal and Bioscience Department
Supervisors: Dr Fiona McGovern, Dr Philip Creighton, Dr Noirin McHugh and Prof Tommy Boland
Location: Teagasc, Athenry, Galway
Funding Source: Teagasc