Virtual Sheep Conference 202126 January 2021 26 January 2021
The Teagasc Virtual Sheep Conference will take place across two evenings, Tuesday, 26th January and Thursday, 28th January, as a Zoom webinar between 8pm and 9pm
Tuesday, 26 January | 8pm
Hosted by Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc
Nicola Fetherstone, Teagasc Walsh Scholar
INZAC – An Irish versus New Zealand animal comparison
Professor Paul Kenyon PhD, Head of School, School of Agriculture & Environment/Professor in Sheep Husbandry, Massey University, New Zealand
New Zealand feeding guidelines for growing lambs to target live weights on herbage
Questions & Answers
From a sheep and suckler farm in Co. Roscommon, Nicola went on to pursue a career in agriculture through enrolling in an animal science degree in UCD in 2013.
On graduating in 2017, Nicola joined the Teagasc Walsh Scholar team through enrolling in a PhD titled “INZAC: An Irish and New Zealand animal comparison” under the supervision of Dr Noirin McHugh and Dr Fiona McGovern of Teagasc and Associate Professor Tommy Boland of UCD.
Nicola’s studies involved not only the collection and analysis of a vast amount of data on the INZAC flock including reproductive, lambing, ewe and lamb growth, performance and productivity, but also allowed her to travel to New Zealand for a three month period to link up with agri-consultancy firm AbacusBio and increase her knowledge in the area of New Zealand production systems. As her PhD draws to a close, Nicola will present her findings to date.
Professor Paul Kenyon
Paul Kenyon is the Professor of Sheep Husbandry at Massey University, New Zealand and the head of the School of Agriculture and Environment. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm and has more than 20 years of experience in sheep research in New Zealand and internationally.
Specific research programs include; maximizing ewe lamb (hogget) breeding performance, the management of twin and triplet bearing ewes and their offspring in pregnancy and lactation, developing ewe body condition score guidelines, effects of body size on efficiency of production in sheep, alternative feed types to improve sheep performance, maximising ewe milk production and farmer learning.
These research projects are undertaken at both the basic biological science level and at the farm systems/applied level. He works collaboratively with farmers, industry and veterinarians throughout New Zealand and is a regular presenter at industry and farmer events.