ASA Sheep Masterclass

January 17th – UCD Lyons Research Farm


The recent ASA Sheep Masterclass held at UCD Lyons Farm on 17th January, sponsored by Irish Country Meats, attracted nearly 60 delegates to hear a range of expert speakers from UCD, Teagasc and the feed industry. The morning sessions focussed on genetics, nutrition and animal health and the scene was set by Andrew Kinsella, formerly of Teagasc and now a sheep farmer in terms of the current challenges facing the sheep industry nationally. With the looming spectre of Brexit threatening one of our main export markets, the focus on the talks was on optimising on farm efficiency through selection of appropriate genetics for Irish pasture based production (Noirin McHugh), maintaining individual and flock health (Prof. Michael Doherty), avoiding and correcting mineral imbalances in the diet (AnneMarie Crowley), using herbs and legumes in the swards to improve animal performance and health (Prof. Tommy Boland) and nutritional management to improve performance and profitability of hill lambs (Prof . Michael Diskin). The afternoon session looked at late pregnancy nutritional management of the ewe to avoid common pit falls.

Thank you to Irish Country Meats for their sponsorship of this event.

Andrew Kinsella – What are the major challenges facing sheep production in Ireland
Michael G. Diskin & Noel Claffey – Options for Finishing Hill Lambs
Noirin McHugh – An across breed comparison of Irish versus New Zealand ovine genetics
Anne Marie Crowley – Critical aspects of sheep mineral nutrition
Michael Doherty – Flock Health Challenges.
Tommy Boland – Multispecies swards for sheep……
Event Programme:
09.30 am – Registration, Tea and Coffee
10.00 am – Introduction
10.05 am – What are the major challenges facing sheep production in Ireland? Andrew Kinsella, Farmer
10.20 am – Options for finishing store hill lamb, Michael Diskin, Teagasc
11.00 am – Update on the INZAC flock, Noirin McHugh, Teagasc
11.30 am – Critical aspects of sheep mineral nutrition, Anne Marie Crowley, Trouw
12.10 pm – Multispecies swards for sheep, Tommy Boland, UCD
12.50 pm – Hot topics in sheep health, Michael Doherty, UCD
1.40 pm – Light Lunch (Soup / Sandwich)
2.25 pm – Late pregnancy nutrition  workshops (Outdoors)

Workshop topics include:

Forage quality and supplementation during late pregnancy, Tommy Boland, UCD

The importance of body condition score management in late pregnancy/early lactation, Frank Campion, Teagasc

Winter housing at Lyons, Stephen Lott, UCD

4.00pm – End

This event is kindly sponsored by Irish Country Meats

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