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Sheep Conference 2024

Click on the links below to find out more about the National Sheep Conferences 2024


National Hill Sheep Conference

Thursday, 15th February  |  7pm

The National Hill Sheep Conference took place on Thursday, 15th February at 7pm in the Glendalough Hotel, Brockagh, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. 

This year’s Hill Sheep Conference focused on flock health, hill sheep breeding, biodiversity and lessons from the SUAS EIP project. 

Conference Proceedings

SUAS - A blueprint for upland management

Presentation by Declan Byrne, Teagasc

View the presentation here: SUAS - A Blueprint for Upland Management (PDF)

Sustainable control of liver fluke in (hill) sheep

Presentation by Dr. Philip Skuce, Moredun Institute, UK

View the presentation here: Sustainable control of liver fluke in hill sheep (PDF)

Irish hill sheep breeding – a new era beckons

Presentation by David Coen, Sheep Ireland

View the presentation here: Irish hill sheep breeding - a new era beckons (PDF)

The CAFRE Journey to better biodiversity on the Hill Farm

Presentation by Nicola Warden, CAFRE

View the presentation here: The CAFRE Journey to better biodiversity on the Hill Farm (PDF)


National Lowland Sheep Conference

The Teagasc National Lowland Sheep Conference took place on Tuesday, 23rd January in Athlone and on Thursday, 25th January in Letterkenny

The sheep conference focused on nutrition management in the run up to lambing, the process of transferring the family farm, and diagnosing and managing flock health issues.

Conference Proceedings 

Nutrition during pregnancy: management and the consequences

Presentation by Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc

Simplifying farm transfers: Key considerations and strategies

Presentation by Martin Clarke, IFAC

View the presentation here: Farm Succession Challenges (PDF)

Diagnosing and managing flock health issues - on farm experiences

Session Chair: Darren Carty, Irish Farmers Journal

Speaker: Seamus Fagan, DAFM RVL Athlone 

View the presentation from Seamus here: Diagnosing and managing flock health issues - on farm experience (PDF)

Panellists:

  • John O'Connell, Leitrim Sheep Farmer
  • Patrick Dunne, Wicklow Sheep Farmer
  • Brian Keane, Wexford Sheep Farmer

View an overview of the panellists here: Diagnosing and managing flock health issues - on farm experiences (PDF)