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Teagasc Hill Sheep Conference

Teagasc are holding a Hill Sheep Conference in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo on Wednesday, 28th January 2015. This event will inform the Hill Sheep sector of some of the latest developments in this sector.

This year’s conference is focusing on a number of key areas; flock health, ewe nutrition, options for finishing hill lambs and marketing, which are all key drivers of productivity and profitability. These topics will be addressed by a panel of both Irish and International Speakers.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from and question speakers on issues relating to optimising late pregnancy nutrition of the hill ewe from Shane McHugh, Teagasc Sheep Specialist, (Ballyhaise) while Dr Michael Diskin, Teagasc Athenry, will discuss the various options for finishing hill lambs including intensive meal feeding. John Fagan, Regional Veterinary Laboratory, Athlone, will discuss how to achieve and maintain a high standard of flock health including vaccination and parasite control strategies. External parasites are becoming a major cause of losses and disease in some hill flocks and Dr Peter Bates, a veterinary consultant from the UK, will address this important topic. Sam Wharry, Chairman, National Sheep Association in Northern Ireland and a sheep farmer in Co. Antrim, will outline how hill flocks can profit from performance recording. Well-known local breeder of Blackface and Mule sheep, Tom Staunton (Tourmakeady) and one of the founding members of the Mayo Mule and Greyface Sheep Group will discuss marketing and how local farmers have worked together to add value to their lambs.

The conference is a key part of the Teagasc Knowledge Transfer and Research Programmes. It’s an STAP-approved national event and delegates who wish to get credit for attending this must ensure that they register at the conference. Registration starts at 5pm.

The conference is free of charge with refreshments (tea/coffee, finger food and sandwiches) served at the interval The Teagasc National Sheep Conferences are kindly sponsored by MSD Animal Health and Mullinahone Co-Op.