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Date for Sheep 2012 Open Day Announced

Sheep 2012, the National Sheep event for 2012, will take place at the Teagasc Animal Production and Grassland Research Centre, Mellows Campus, Athenry, County Galway. The date has been set for Saturday, 30 June 2012.

This major event is being organised jointly by Teagasc, UCD, Bord Bia, Sheep Ireland and the Irish Farmers Journal. This event will build on a very successful open day - Sheep 2010, which took place at the UCD research farm at Lyons estate in county Kildare. Sheep 2012 returns to the location of the Farm Fest 2008 event in Athenry, at which all the main sheep breed societies participated. 

A new Sheep Research and Knowledge Transfer programme was recently launched, to support the 30,000 Irish sheep farmers, who keep a national breeding flock of 2.5 million ewes. As part of this programme a new Sheep Research Demonstration Farm of 350 breeding ewes has been set up at Teagasc Athenry, and this new flock will be on display at the sheep 2012 event next June.

Teagasc sheep enterprise leader, Michael Diskin is chairing the organising committee, while Teagasc’s Norina Coppinger is secretary to the committee. For further information contact sheep2012@teagasc.ie