NZ expert at sheep talks
The Irish Grassland Association's national sheep conference takes place on July 13, at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, followed by a walk on the farm of William Hutchinson, Chapelizod, Kells, Kilkenny.
The event will feature talks from NZ genetics consultant Tim Byrne and former UCD sheep guru Dr Frank Crosby.
Meanwhile, the IGA dairy summer tour will take place in Co Louth on Tuesday, July 26, and include visits to the Monamore herd, Philipstown, Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda, and neighbouring dairy farm partners Andrew Purcell and Alfred McGlew.
Contact Maura Callery on 087 9626483 for more information.
Galway aims to beat Bloom
The Galway Garden Festival, set to take place at Claregalway Castle this weekend, is aiming to rival Bloom as the premier garden event in Ireland.
The festival will include a wide range of stands displaying rare and unusual plants and a symposium featuring renowned Irish and international botanists.
Among the speakers will be Thomas Pakenham, author of 'Remarkable Trees of the World, Professor Oliver Rackham, from Cambridge, and Dr Matthew Jebb, director of the National Botanic Gardens. For more, go to www.galwaygardenfestival.ie.