- Time: 11.0-12.15.
- Topic: Electronic identification (EID).
This seminar looks at the whole area of electronic identification from a legal point of view, as well as looking at the on-farm experiences of people who are already using this technology for management purposes. This seminar will feature speakers from the Department of Agriculture, the IFA and Teagasc, in addition to a farmer from Northern Ireland.
- Time: 13.0-14.0.
- Topic: Sheep breeding.
The sheep breed improvement programme moved on last year when the Pedigree Sheep Breed Improvement Programme run by the Department of Agriculture was taken over and revamped by Sheep Ireland. This seminar will focus on the whole area of breed improvement and will feature speakers from Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.
- Time: 14.15-15.15.
- Topic: Sheep marketing.
Lamb prices this year are running 14pc ahead of last year. What are the implications for the summer and the back end of the year when numbers start coming out? Discover the answers at this seminar, which will feature speakers from Bord Bia and lamb buyers.
- Time: 15.30-16.45.
- Topic: Flock health.
The costs associated with disease/parasite control and issues such as parasite resistance to anthelmintics are always topical in sheep circles. Find out the latest from a panel of speakers including representatives from DAFF Regional Vet Labs, Teagasc and Veterinary Sciences Section of UCD.
Sheep breed societies
No sheep event would be complete without a debate on breeds. Sheep 2010 will feature commercial exhibits from most of the sheep-breed societies operating in Ireland. In addition to the various sheep displays the Belclare, Charollais, Suffolk, Texel and Vendeen societies will run their national championships at Sheep 2010.
Every sheep farmer should have a good dog to assist in the routine management of the flock. Sheep 2010 will play host to sheepdog trials where farmers can see the experts in action. But in addition to the trials there will also be a sheepdog training demo where experienced sheepdog trainer Eamonn Egan from Teagasc will demonstrate the techniques employed to train a young dog. Eamonn will be on hand to answer any questions people may have. There will also be a young shepherd competition.
Elsewhere, Bord Bia is having cookery demonstrations aimed to highlight some of the more innovative ways of cooking lamb.
Sheep 2010 promises to be an informative and interesting day for all those involved in the sheep industry.
The event opens at 10am and there is an entry charge of €5 per person, and this includes the Sheep 2010 catalogue.