Study tour for sheep farmers - Innovations in breeding and performance recording for efficient profitable sheep systems

Friday, 23 August, 2019


The Ulster Farmers’ Union is encouraging members to get involved in the Farm Innovation Visits scheme. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), is offering sheep farmers the opportunity to travel to Great Britian to learn about innovative sheep breeding technologies. The study tour will visit centres in Wales and the English borders. The tour will include visits to several progressive sheep farms that are implementing these innovative breeding strategies to their commercial advantage. 

Sixteen places are available and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The group will depart on Sunday evening 22nd September 2019 and return on Tuesday evening 24th September 2019. The trip will be led by CAFRE sheep technologist, Dr Eileen McCloskey and CAFRE beef and sheep adviser, Gareth Beacom.

Applications are invited from one member or employee of the farm business with at least 150 breeding females (including ewe lambs), who is over 18 years old on the application closing date and not in full-time education. To increase the benefits arising from the study tour all applicants must identify a group of farmers to share their findings with upon their return and applications close at 4.00pm on Thursday 5th September 2019. 

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