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National Sheep Conference

Event Time 6pm
Venue Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny

Teagasc are hosting three national sheep conferences in January and February 2019 with a theme of ‘Improving the efficiency of your sheep farming enterprise’. Two lowland sheep conferences will be held in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly on Tuesday 29th January and the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal on Thursday 31st January 2019. A hill sheep conference will then be held on Tuesday 19th February in the Glendalough Hotel, Co. Wicklow. Each of the conferences will take on a similar format where there will be three papers presented, highlighting relevant and topical area of interest to Irish sheep farmers.

This year the Lowland sheep conferences will begin at 6pm sharp. They are both Department of Agriculture KT approved and sign in will commence from 5:30pm.

Lowland Sheep Conference

The speakers for the 2019 lowland sheep conference are as follows:

Dr. Nigel Kendall, University of Nottingham

Nigel is currently a lecturer in the University of Nottingham where he specialises in Nutrition and Reproduction. To date he has worked extensively on the area of mineral nutrition for ruminant livestock where he has carried out detailed work on trace element status, deficiency / toxicity and supplementation method for ruminant animals.  Nigel’s paper at the sheep conference will deal specifically with mineral supplementation in sheep production systems, where he will discuss three main areas:

  • How to determine whether or not your animals require mineral supplementation?
  • How best to supplement your animals if it is required?
  • How to assess whether or not mineral supplementation was effective on your farm?

Lesley Stubbings, Sheep Consultant, Uk

Lesley is an independent sheep consultant based in the UK where she works directly with farmers to assist them in improving their on farm efficiency through targeted nutrition and achieving optimum body condition score (BCS). Lesley’s paper will outline strategies for feeding the ewe with a particular focus on the late pregnancy period. In addition to this she will give an overview of the importance of assessing ewe BCS and discuss the both the immediate and carry over effects on production performance from recording and monitoring the BCS of ewes in your flock. 

Declan McEvoy, IFAC

Planning your future and protecting the family farm! Have you considered the opportunities and implications of passing on the farm to the next generation? Declan is currently head of Tax in IFAC and has over 30years experience in advising Agri Business clients on tax related affairs. In his paper Declan will give us an overview of the opportunities and implications associated with succession and inheritance and outline the specific elements which are required prior to taking over the family farm.

Dr. Tim Keady, Teagasc

Tim is currently the primary Irish researcher leading an international sheep research project looking at relevant and practical lessons from international sheep farming. The SheepNet (Sharing Expertise and Experience towards sheep Productivity through NETworking) project aims to increase sheep productivity throughout the six primary sheep producing countries in the EU including France, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain and the UK. In his paper Tim will outline the three primary areas of the project; reproduction, gestation and reducing lamb mortality while also giving us an overview of the practical knowledge and advice that has been gathered from each of the participating countries through highlighting the best practices that farmers use to maximise efficiency, profitability and sustainability on their farms.