National Sheep Conference - Kilkenny30 January 2020 30 January 2020
Venue Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny
The opportunities to improve efficiency of sheep production in Ireland will be outlined at the Teagasc National Lowland Sheep Conference. There will be four papers presented at the conference, highlighting relevant and topical areas of interest to the Irish lowland sheep farming sector.
The speakers for the National Lowland Sheep Conference 2020 are as follows:
David Wall, Soil Science Researcher, Teagasc Johnstown Castle
Farmers are conscious of farming sustainably and one of the key steps to environmental sustainability is the efficient use of nutrients in the production systems. David will present a paper on how sheep farmers can use nutrients to meet grazing and environmental targets on sheep farms. He will outline how using protected Urea can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and how slurry and farmyard manure can be applied to optimise the nutrients for grass growth and minimise emissions.
Noirin McHugh, Teagasc Sheep Geneticist
Noirin will outline how the use of improved genetics can boost lamb production on farms in Ireland, through increased litter size and lamb growth rates. She will emphasise the importance and benefits of having data from commercial flocks and how this improves the sheep breeding indexes in Ireland.
Orla Keane, Teagasc Researcher
Stomach and gut worms in sheep have developed resistance to anthelmintics (wormers) on many farms in Ireland and this is now a major challenge not only on these farms but for the wider sheep industry. Orla will outline sustainable strategies for stomach worm control and steps for farmers to take when selecting and administering wormers to slow the further development of resistance.
John O’Connell, Teagasc Better Farm Sheep Programme Participant
John O’Connell farms near Ballinamore, County Leitrim and is a participant in the Teagasc Better Farm Sheep Programme. He is working to a business plan to develop his sheep enterprise. At the Teagasc sheep conferences John will outline his plan for ‘growing his farm’, discussing the challenges he has encountered and the progress made to-date in implementing his plan.
The conference start at 6pm, free to attend, and all sheep farmers are welcome.