Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference 2021
The Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference took place virtually, across two evenings at 8pm on Wednesday, 17th February and Thursday, 18th February. In this conference there were four papers, each of which had important take home messages.
Wednesday, 17th February
Part one of the Virtual Hill Sheep Conference 2021 took place on Wednesday, 17th February at 8pm. Host Dr Philip Creighton, Teagasc Sheep Researcher based in Athenry, was joined by Donegal farmer and Teagasc Better Sheep Programme Participant David McLaughlin, along with his Teagasc Advisor, John Cannon. Also joining the panel was Kevin McDermott from Sheep Ireland.
David McLaughlin together with his Teagasc Advisor, John Cannon, discussed his farm progress during his time as a participant in Teagasc Better Sheep Programme since it began in 2008 which has resulted in the number of lambs reared per ewe joined increasing by 0.3 whilst gross margin improved by €38/ewe.
Kevin McDermott from Sheep Ireland discussed the technologies available to record parentage and develop flockbooks for hill sheep.
Watch Part One of the Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference below:
Thursday, 18th February
Part two of the Virtual Hill Sheep Conference 2021 took place on Thursday, 18th February at 8pm. Host Damian Costello, Teagasc Sheep Specialist was joined by Dr. Annetta Zintl, University College Dublin (UCD) and Liz Genever, Independent Beef and Sheep Consultant, UK.
Dr. Annetta Zintl, UCD discussed tick borne diseases that affect sheep and cattle, and Lyme disease which affects humans.
Dr Liz Genever, a private consultant from Lincolnshire, UK, presented information on the importance of monitoring ewe body condition score at different times of the year, its impact on animal performance and management required for animals which are below target.
Watch Part Two of the Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference below: