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EuroSheep – leads on from SheepNet

Funded by the European Union, the EuroSheep thematic network will continue the dynamic of knowledge sharing between stakeholders in the European sheep sector which was initiated by SheepNet. The exchanges will focus on 2 main topics: nutrition and flock management, and flock health.

EuroSheep – leads on from SheepNet

EuroSheep will last 3 years, between January 2020 and December 2022. Eight countries are involved namely Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece and Turkey are the partner countries and represent 80% of European sheep production.

EuroSheep is a thematic network on sheep production, funded by the European Union, to improve the viability of sheep farms by improving their technical performance. Eight countries are involved namely Ireland, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece and Turkey, and represent 80% of European sheep production. EuroSheep will continue the dynamic exchanges initiated during the SheepNet project between the stakeholders in the European sheep sector.

The objective of EuroSheep is to exchange existing knowledge between stakeholders at all stages of the supply chain in sheep production in the different countries focusing on 2 main themes. The 2 themes are nutrition and flock management, and flock health. These 2 topics were chosen by SheepNet's stakeholders as they are key drivers of flock profitability.

Through a multi-stakeholder approach, EuroSheep aims to bring together all the stakeholders involved in the sheep sector e.g. farmers, advisors, veterinarians, teachers, researchers, processors etc. These exchanges should enable mutual benefits to all stakeholders involved in sheep production within the EU.

Following a similar structure as used by SheepNet, EuroSheep will articulate national and international workshops to structure and facilitate knowledge exchange both nationally and internationally.  Initially EuroSheep will identify the needs of farmers in terms of nutrition and health management of their flocks. Subsequently EuroSheep will collect and create a reservoir of scientific knowledge, technical solutions and tips and tricks that address the needs identified by each country. Many solutions may already exist to specific needs, either in the same region or another country. Each country will then select relevant solutions and information from the EuroSheep Knowledge resevoir that addresses needs identified by their stakeholders, and then evaluate them. As required EuroSheep will adapt relevant solutions to suit local conditions/regions and assess their sustainability (economic, environmental and social). Finally EuroSheep will implement a dissemination plan for the transfer of knowledge and practical solutions to improve flock management, nutrition and health.  Areas lacking in knowledge will be identified to target future research priorities.

EuroSheep will start in January 2020 and will be completed after 3 years of work at the end of December 2022.