Incorporating clover into your sheep sward, mastitis control, challenges and benefits of operating a large-scale, multi-enterprise grassland livestock system are among the topics that the Irish Grassland Association will discuss at its forthcoming sheep conference.
The event – which Mullinahone Co-op has sponsored – will take place at the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, on May 19th, 2022.
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 at 10 am. The conference will commence at10.30 am, and proceedings will wrap up at 4.30 pm.
The indoor morning session’s line-up of speakers includes:
- Ryan Duffy, HIPRA;
- Philip Creighton, Teagasc;
- Roger Bell: A sheep farmer from Northern Ireland.
Dr Philip Creighton, grassland scientist at Teagasc
Philip graduated from UCD with a degree in agriculture science and completed a PhD with Teagasc Moorepark and UCD.
He investigated the impact of varying levels of perennial ryegrass content on sward production potential.
Additionally, he also investigated methods of reseeding grassland pastures. He is currently a research officer based in Teagasc Athenry, leading the Sheep Grassland Systems research programme.
He established the Sheep Research Demonstration unit at Athenry, and he was recently appointed sheep enterprise leader.
Roger Bell: Sheep and beef farmer
Roger and his wife, Hilary, are sheep and beef farmers in Kells, Co. Antrim. They are currently farming 550 Texel-cross-Mule ewes in a mid-season lambing flock.
They are strong advocates for technology adoption and, as a result, are one of the DAERA technology demonstration farms in Northern Ireland. In addition, Roger and Hilary are members of the Herbal lay EIP.
Ryan Duffy, MVB CertDHH MRCVS, HIPRA
Ryan qualified as a veterinary surgeon from UCD (University College Dublin) in 2016. Since then, he has completed several years in practice in the Republic of Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand.
Furthermore, he undertook a farm animal clinical studies internship in the UCD referral veterinary hospital and a postgraduate certificate in dairy herd health.
He is currently completing a masters in ruminant nutrition at Harper Adams. Ryan has a particular interest in preventative medicine with an emphasis on herd/flock health, with a particular focus on calf health and milk quality.