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Successful Sheep 2015 event held in Teagasc Athenry

Over 12,000 farmers from all over the country travelled to attend a major Sheep Open Day in Athenry, County Galway. Sheep 2015 was officially opened by Mairead McGuinness, MEP in Teagasc Athenry on Saturday 20 June.

Addressing the large attendance, Mairead McGuiness said: “Sheep farming can be sustainable from both an income and an environmental point of view. The knowledge gained here today from the many organisations and companies involved at Sheep 2015 will help you to improve your farming and to do things better on your own farms. Teagasc data shows that the top one third of farmers make a good income from sheep farming.”

In her address, she welcomed the focus and the exhibit on health and safety at SHEEP 2015. “Look after yourself and don’t take risks on your farms. Think before you do something that might cause problems for you,” she said.

Sheep2015 was organised by Teagasc on Saturday, 20 June, the event was organised by Teagasc, UCD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Irish Farmers Journal, Bord Bia and Sheep Ireland. It was supported by Kepak, Musgraves/SuperValu, MSD, Zoetis, FBD and Germinal.

Speaking at the official opening, Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “The sheep research and knowledge transfer programme in Athenry is delivering real, practical, applied knowledge for the sheep farmers across the country, both for the lowland and hill sheep sectors. I am particularly pleased to see the results flowing from the Sheep research demonstration flock that was set up a number of years ago. I am really look forward to seeing the results of the research which has just commenced with the high genetic sheep imported from New Zealand which we will use to benchmark against the best sheep in Irish flocks.

A series of themed villages covering all areas of interest to sheep producers was on display in Athenry and attracted considerable interaction, making the overall day a big success.