Unlocking the potential of sheep genetics in Northern Ireland
Monday 28 June 2021, 02:00pm - 03:30pm
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AgriSearch in partnership with AFBI, CAFRE, AHDB and Sheep Ireland are hosting an online event focusing on how sheep genetics can be better utilised on farm.  The webinar which will take place on Monday 28th June 2021 at 2pm will consist of a series of presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Performance recording is a invaluable tool in flock management and genetic selection but large proportions of the Northern Ireland flock remain unrecorded. As a result, opportunities to boost sheep profit and performance are being missed.

Sam Boon (Signet Breeding; AHDB) will kick off the event by discussing the selection of terminal sires and maternal ewes, using case studies to support his advice. Sam will highlight the financial impact of selecting rams using EBVs.

Following this, Dr. Aurelie Aubry (AFBI) will be reviewing the recent results from a RamCompare study on ‘the effect of sire muscle EBV on lamb performance and carcase quality’ carried out by the AFBI research team.

Kevin McDermott (Sheep Ireland) will then give a progress update on the Republic of Ireland’s Genetic Improvement scheme and Performance Reporting programme, funded by the Department of
Agriculture.

Finally, Dr. Eileen McCloskey (CAFRE) will give a practical overview of how farmers in Northern Ireland can start to consider genetics and implement performance recording on farm to develop efficient and sustainable sheep systems.

 

To register visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jHq__7g3R1234iS3eezNRQ

Speakers (L-R): Dr. Aurelie Aubry; Dr. Eileen McCloskey; Sam Boon; Kevin McDermott.