NSA Sheep Northern Ireland
- Event Info
NSA Northern Ireland Region held a hugely successful event on Monday 6th July 2015 at Ballymena Livestock Mart.
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The event will be held again in 2017. For more information, contact Event Organiser Edward Adamson on 07711071290 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Year's Speakers
A range of topical seminars will be held in the calf ring, with presentations by experts from across the UK on a range of subjects. The seminars will provide an opportunity for questions and discussion and they will offer farmers a great chance to update themselves on the latest thinking. Full details, including timings, will be available in the event programme.
Miriam Parker, Livestockwise Ltd. - Sheep handling systems
Miriam Parker will help you to think about designing and operating your handling system with the sheep in mind, to improve efficiency and reduce stress on the sheep.
Devising a sheep handling system is not just about building a physical structure to contain animals. Good design takes into account the tasks that need to be done and importantly the natural behaviour of the sheep to be handled.
Miriam has helped farmers and abattoirs in both the UK and abroad design systems from scratch as well as carrying out simple troubleshooting.
“My job is to help people think outside the box so that handling tasks become easy and efficient rather than a chore. Sometimes the biggest improvements can be made with very small changes in either the structure or the way of working” says Miriam.
Philip Creighton, Teagasc - Making the most of grazed grass
Philip will discuss how to make best use of grassland in pasture based systems in Ireland.
He will present the results of a long-term study investigating the impact of variable stocking rates and ewe prolificacy on the output of lamb from grassland.
The seminar will help farmers work out how to maximise the utilisation of grass on their own farms as the optimal stocking rate will differ for individual farms based on their grass growing potential.
With grass making up 90-95% of the annual energy requirements of sheep, any improvement in the efficiency of production and utilisation, greatly increase profitability.
Gemma Daly MRCVS, Cafre - Dosing regimes and anthelmintic resistance
Gemma will be discussing worm control as a vital part of health and production management in sheep flocks in the UK.
A direct and unavoidable consequence of using anthelmintics to control worm populations is the selection for individual worms that are resistant to the chemical group used. This seminar will cover how to try and avoid what could be one of the biggest challenges to sheep production and animal welfare in the UK.
In addition Gemma will update farmers on effective use of flukicides and explain how control programmes must take into account the farm history, topography, geographical location and the prevailing weather. She will also cover how to choose the right product based on level of fluke challenge, time of year and management systems.
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