NSA Breakfast Club - UK sheep breeds in the world: serving the international demand for UK sheep genetics

Date: 2nd February 2022

Time: 8.30am

Location: Online - zoom webinar

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PfSrLziEQhCFCpq2htAJgQ

There are thought to be more sheep breeds in the UK than any other country in the world, with approximately 90 recognised breeds and crosses of sheep. The different breeds, some very well known, others perhaps not so, cover a huge range of production attributes and are suited to many environments, climates, and interests offering export opportunities for all.

The UK continues to explore opportunities to accelerate breed improvements. This is recognised by many other nations with high quality genetics being sought in order to increase productivity and profitability of sheep farming. This year will bring even more opportunities to build trade relationships between our nations, and we know there is a strong demand for UK sheep semen and embryos from sheep farmers in the USA.

If you are wondering how we can ensure that overseas interest grows further and what more could be done to promote the diversity of all of the breeds across the UK? Join the NSA Breakfast Club webinar on Wednesday 2nd February to find out more!

Register at the link above.


Speakers

Rob Grinnall, UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP)

Rob is a veterinary surgeon who qualified in 1988, he has been in farm and equine practice, worked with Defra during FMD and farmed pedigree sheep and goats since 2000. In early 2018 I began work with Export Certification Limited, as a veterinary consultant and then took on work in promoting UK livestock overseas with UKECP and UKTAG.

Edward Adamson, NSA Northern Ireland Regional Development Officer 

Edward is a sheep and beef farmer farming in partnership with his son, Stewart on their own farm at Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland. Edward is actively involved in the sheep breeding world in the UK and has judged sheep throughout the UK and in France. In 1993 he exhibited The Interbreed Champion at RUAS, Balmoral Show which resulted in his first export sale of embryos to USA and since then has been involved in promoting and selling breeding stock for export to several countries. He has been recording his flock of Ile de France sheep with the Signet Sheepbreeder Scheme since 1988 and sees it as a means of improving performance right across the sheep sector and an important tool in efforts to increase the export of pedigree stock. A past Chairman of the Northern Ireland Region of the National Sheep Association (NSA) and now Northern Ireland Development Officer and manager. Was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies, (FRAgS) for his work on behalf of the Northern Ireland Sheep Industry.

Geraint Thomas, CEO of AB Europe

Charles Sercombe, NSA Central Region Trustee