The Sheep Breeders Round Table is hosting its first ever online event on 15th-19th November 2021, supported by AHDB. The SBRT is in association with AgriSearch, AHDB, HCC, QMS and NSA.

 

Monday 15th November 12-1pm

AHDB are hosting the first session, ‘A practical guide on why and how to use EBVs within your commercial flock’.

Dewi Jones, Innovis, will shed light on how sheep end up with figures (EBVs) and how to interpret them. Dewi will be accompanied by two commercial sheep farmers, one with a terminal sire focus and one with a maternal breeding focus, both who use EBVs in their businesses. This will be an interactive session with opportunity to put questions to the panel.

Read more and register here: Sheep Breeders Round Table Online Conference 2021- 15th – 19th November 2021 - Agrisearch

 

Monday 15th November 7-9pm

The evening events will focus on ‘breeding more efficient ewes’.

In the first session, Samuel Boon (AHDB) will be talking about recent research and the planned launch of a new, multi-breed evaluation for maternal breeds. He will be joined by George Cullimore, who has a Signet Recorded Lleyn flock located near Bath. George will talk about the opportunities that exist to breed for parasite resistance and the opportunities this new analysis provides for his business.

Following this, Sharon McIntyre, Genetic Evaluation Technical Manager for Beef and Lamb New Zealand, will talk about the latest developments in enhancing maternal performance in NI. This will include current thinking with regard to ewe mature size and longevity.

Read more and register here: Sheep Breeders Round Table Online Conference 2021- 15th – 19th November 2021 - Agrisearch

 

Tuesday 16th November 7-9pm

The Hill Ram Scheme brings the latest technology to hill flocks in Wales with the aim of strengthening the sector through long-term genetic improvement. Janet Roden, sheep geneticist, along with a HCC Hill Ram Scheme farmer will discuss how performance recording can add value to the hill flock.

John McEwan, principal scientist at AgResearch in NZ spealises in sheep genomics. He will lead discussion on how the use of genomic data can improve maternal traits and how this can be applied to the UK sheep industry.

Read more and register here: Sheep Breeders Round Table Online Conference 2021- 15th – 19th November 2021 - Agrisearch

 

Wednesday 17th Nov 7-9pm

Computed Tomography (CT) scanning is one tool to help inform decisions in regards to selecting terminal sire traits in breeding sheep. Nicola Lambe from SRUC will be joined by two breeders utilising the CT scanning service to discuss how it is beneficial to their operation.

The second session of the evening will look at ‘marketing of sheep during covid and beyond’. QMS will be joined by two farmers who have adapted to on-farm marketing of sheep.

See here to register: Sheep Breeders Round Table Online Conference 2021- 15th – 19th November 2021 - Agrisearch

 

Thursday 18th November 7-9pm

This session will cover four areas in terms of ‘future proofing your sheep business’:

  • Ram Compare feed efficiency study: Naomi Rutherford will explain the results of the feed efficiency trial conducted at AFBI as part of the RamCompareNI project
  • Lessons from 15-years of on-farm maternal breeding studies: Aurélie Aubrey, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), will provide an overview of long-term breeding studies conducted on commercial sheep farms across Northern Ireland.
  • Targeted Selective Treatment (TST) of anthelmintics: Prof. Eric Morgan from Queen’s University will be joined by John Martin, project sheep farmer, to explain the new European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project and provide a summary of the first-year experience of implementing TST practices on farm and its impact.
  • Accelerating Ruminant Carbon Zero (ARCZero): John Gilliland (Devenish, Group Lead) will be joined by Roger Bell, project sheep farmer, to discuss the initial findings of a European Innovation Partnership (EIP) project aimed at accelerating livestock’s pathway to net carbon zero involving a group of seven farmers across Northern Ireland.

Read more and register here: Sheep Breeders Round Table Online Conference 2021- 15th – 19th November 2021 - Agrisearch

 

Friday 19th November 12-1pm

Denis Gautier, Institut de l'Élevage, France, will look at the role of innovative technology to progress genetics. He will explain how ‘The Digital Farm’ evaluates innovative technology for breeders and commercial sheep farmers.

Following this, Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive, will provide an overview on breeding for meat, wool and milk, environmental targets and societal expectations around a managed rural environment. This is followed by a facilitated discussion led by Dan Phipps, NSA Chairman, involving sheep breeders from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

To register and find out more, visit this link: Sheep Breeders Round Table Online Conference 2021- 15th – 19th November 2021 - Agrisearch