|To achieve the greatest possible improvement, from genetic and other factors,
in the profitability of the national sheep flock for the benefit of Irish farmers
and the sheep industry
"Sheep Ireland" is the trading name of Sheep Database Ltd. In 2008, Sheep Ireland, was formed after a period of extensive consultation with the sheep industry. The key events in the history of Sheep Ireland include:
Sheep Database Ltd, trading as Sheep Ireland commenced operations in 2009 following a plan based on twenty strategic priorities established in 2008. Key developments in 2009 included:
|Oct - Dec 2008||
The ICBF team with considerable help from Timothy Byrne of AbacusBio Ltd proceeded to establish Sheep Ireland, form Sheep Database Ltd, and to establish LambPlus as the performance recording service for sheep flocks. A unique lifetime identification system for participating flocks based on the official NSIS identification was agreed with DAFF. Timelines and performance recording protocols were developed. Flocks using the PSBIP service provided by DAFF in 2008 were invited to join LambPlus for 2009. Flock Books were consulted on the features of LambPlus and the Sheep Ireland database and invited to express an interest in future participation. Briefings were provided to the Interim Sheep Board, a series of TEAGASC meetings with sheep farmers and to the Charollais Society.
Sheep Database Limited was incorporated on the 3rd of December 2008 and was granted charitable status exemption on 18th June 2009.
|Sep 2008||A strategy project team lead by Dr Peter Amer, commissioned by the Interim Sheep Board, completed a review of sheep breeding in Ireland and filed its report. The Interim Sheep Board adopted, with minor modification the twenty recommendations contained in the Strategy Project Team report.|
|Jul 2008||First meeting of the Interim Sheep Board. The Interim Sheep Board was formed under the Chairmanship of Ignatius Byrne of DAFF, and included six other members: Henry Burns (IFA), Kevin Kinsella (IFA), and James Brosnan (ICMSA) representing farmers and John Joyce, Ann Murphy and Larry Barrett representing breeders. Oliver Molloy (DAFF) was appointed as Secretary. Dr Brian Wickham, the Chief Executive of ICBF, reported to the Interim Sheep Board.|
|Apr 2007||The Sheep Strategy Implementation Group, also chaired by John Malone reported on progress with implementation of the recommendations of the Sheep Industry Development Strategy and the funding arrangement for involving ICBF is sheep breeding.|
|Feb 2007||The development of a proposal from ICBF for sheep breeding and sheep information. This proposal identified the need for an industry based decision making structure and a database to meet the information needs of the sheep breeding sector and the wider industry. It proposed a way forward for sheep breeding in Ireland along similar lines to that achieved by ICBF for cattle breeding.|
|Jun 2006||Completion of the Sheep Industry Development Strategy under the Chairmanship of John Malone. This group recommended that ICBF become involved in sheep breeding.|
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