Sheep Breeders Round Table 2019

The cross-industry organised Sheep Breeders Round Table will be held on Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November 2019, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2TZ.

Organised biennially, the theme this time will be ‘Becoming the best sheep industry in the world’ and you can book your place for this challenging and enjoyable event here.

NSA is pleased to once again be involved in the Sheep Breeders Round Table, which is open to anyone with an interest in sheep production and always attracts a varied audience of farmers, breeders, researchers and vets.

The conference programme has been extended for 2019 with the Friday morning slot sponsored by iSAGE (Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe) concentrating on developing resilience in the UK sheep industry.

Following the new Friday morning session, audiences will be updated by levy boards on major projects including RamCompare, the National Terminal Sire Evaluation and the Welsh Hill Ram Scheme. The international session will focus on the Netherlands, with guest speaker Reinard Everts flying in to educate us on what Dutch sheep breeders are selecting for and how they do it.

Other key topics include Kate Phillips, Sean Fair and Nicola Lambe focusing on ewe efficiency. Keynote speaker Nick Friggens will explore precision agriculture and the genomic revolution. Delegates will also have the opportunity to choose from a selection of workshops focused on building the skills of our sheep industry and will be joined by a series of breeders and breeding groups on Sunday morning who will discuss the vision, mission, successes and failures of their sheep breeding businesses in an open and honest discussion.

NSA is one organisation within the steering group, which is chaired by Leicestershire sheep farmer Charles Sercombe. Others include Agrisearch, AHDB, HCC and QMS. Email [email protected] for more information.

If you are an organisation or breed society interested in sponsorsing a young person to attend the conference, please download the information below.