The study tour visited centres in Wales and the English borders and focused on how performance recording your sheep flock and genetic selection of both ewes and rams impacts the efficiency and profitability of sheep farm businesses.
The areas of innovation studied included:
- how performance recording captures valuable information about flock output;
- utilising performance data to make informed breeding and management decisions;
- breeding from performance recorded ewes and rams with known genetics is vital to improving flock performance;
- maximising performance at grass through genetic selection;
- selective breeding is essential to ensure lambs produced are suitable for a specific market outlet.
Check out the draft itinerary HERE for further details.
The group will leave from Northern Ireland on Sunday evening 22nd September 2019 and return on Tuesday evening 24th September 2019.
The tour was be led by CAFRE sheep technologist Dr. Eileen McCloskey and CAFRE beef and sheep adviser Gareth Beacom.
A report on the trip will be available here soon.