Sheep Ireland in conjunction with Teagasc held our fifth Sheep Breeding Workshop of 2019 on Thurs 16th July, on the farm of Patrick Dunne in Rathdrum, County Leitrim. Patrick is a member of the Teagasc Better farm programme and also partakes in the Ovidata EIP (European Innovation Partnership) project – to find out more info on Ovidata click here. There was an great turnout for this event with up to 90 attendees, with commercial and pedigree breeders who wanted to improve the output of their farm through improved breeding practices. The importance of a breeding strategy when sourcing a high index ram was the take home message at the workshops. Sheep Ireland and Teagasc gave presentations on €urostar evaluations and the benefits of using them, how to use the evaluations to promote your farm business, maximising the use of EID, flock health, ewe and ram NCT and bio-Security on the farm.
The event began at 7pm and catered for both pedigree ram breeders and commercial sheep farmers, with tailored material for both groups. See advert below for the full listing of events and topics of discussion that will be taking place.
See some snapshots of the event below.