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Virtual Sheep Conference 2021

Event Time 8pm
Venue Online

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

View the webinar taking place on Tuesday, 26th January here

Thursday, 28th January  |  8pm

Webinar Host – Damian Costello, Sheep Knowledge Transfer Specialist, Teagasc

Áine O’Brien, Post-doctoral Researcher on Sheep Genetics and Genomics, Teagasc
Reducing labour at lambing: improving lamb vigour and ewe mothering ability through breeding 

Ben Shrugnal – UK Vet
Laryngeal chrondritis is an obstructive disease of the upper respiratory tract in sheep caused by abscesses on the larynx which, along with swelling and inflammation of the throat, restrict the windpipe. (Texel Throat)

Questions & Answers

Speaker Profiles

Áine O’Brien

sheepconÁine O’Brien is a Post-doctoral Researcher on Sheep Genetics and Genomics, Teagasc. She qualified with a BAgrSc Agricultural Science (Animal Science) from University College Dublin, in 2015.

She completed her PhD on ‘Genetics and genomics for performance in a multi-breed Irish sheep population’, with University of Limerick in 2019. The topic Áine will cover for the conference is ‘Reducing labour at lambing: improving lamb vigour and ewe mothering ability through breeding’.


Ben Strugnell BVM&S Cert PM MRCVS

sheepconBen Strugnell qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2002 and spent 6 years in rural mixed practice in North Yorkshire. He then joined the Veterinary Laboratories Agency VI Centre/ diagnostic laboratory in Thirsk, where he worked as a Veterinary Investigation Officer for 6 years.

In 2010 he obtained the RCVS Certificate in Pig medicine. In 2014 he undertook a pilot project with the Beef and lamb Levy Board in England (EBLEX), which established a carcase-based post mortem diagnostic service for farmers and their vets at a large fallen stock collection centre in North East England. The pilot was a success and he has remained at the same centre, performing post mortem examinations on various classes of livestock, in what is now a sustainable enterprise.

Since 2014 over 8000 carcasses have been examined, and accumulated data on causes of death has been of use to the industry and government. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Nottingham and undertakes regular teaching of veterinary undergraduates and post-graduates, farmers and allied professionals.