Sheep conference and farm walk

IGA SHEEP RI Farm
GROUP: Organisers of the IGA sheep conference and farm walk, from left: John Harnan, Mullinahone Co Op, joint sponsor - John Brady, Host Farmer, Tatestown, Navan; John Heslin, MSD Animal Health, joint sponsor; Ciaran Lynch, IGA President / Teagasc, Cavan; Ronan Delany, IGA Sheep Chairman / Beef and Sheep farmer, Dunsaughlin; Maura Callery, IGA Office Manager, Kells, Co Meath; Edward Egan, Teagasc Grange.

THIS year’s Irish Grassland Association’s sheep con-

ference, sponsored by MSD Animal Health and Mullinahone Co-Op, will

take place in the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, County Meath, on Thursday, May 23.

The format will be similar to previous years with an indoor conference in the morning followed by a farm walk in the afternoon. Registration for the conference will commence from 10am with proceedings starting at 10.30am and wrapping up for 4pm.

The indoor morning session has an excellent line-up of speakers with Mairead McGuinness, MEP, and Miriam Parker, Livestockwise Ltd UK, taking to the podium before finishing with a panel discussion hosted by Darren Carty, Irish Farmers Journal.

The panel will consist of three speakers, John O’Connor, Teagasc Kildalton, Darrell Meehan, part-time sheep farmer, County Westmeath, and John Bell, sheep farmer. Each of the three panellists will give an overview of their involvement in the sheep industry and their personal experience in relation to labour efficiency on sheep farms.

Following lunch the attendees will travel to the farm of John Brady for the afternoon session. John farms just outside Navan in County Meath. The farm currently has over 1,100 mature ewes and 250 ewe-lambs which are all mid-season lambing.

n Tickets can be booked online at www.irishgrassland.ie or phone Maura at 087-9626483.

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