The Teagasc Virtual Hill Sheep Conference will take place across two evenings this week. The first one takes place this evening, Wednesday, February 17, at 8:00pm.

The second conference is then taking place tomorrow evening at the same time – Thursday, February 18.

A number of topics will be discussed over the two evenings, which include looking at the performance of a hill farm involved in the Better Farm Sheep Programme, breeding, health and monitoring body condition in pregnant ewes.

What’s on the agenda tonight?

Coming up at tonight’s conference, viewers will hear from David McLaughlin from Donegal, who is a participant in the Better Farm Sheep Programme since 2008 and his Teagasc advisor John Cannon. An insight into how the farm has progressed since David joined the programme will be discussed.

Next up is Kevin McDermott of Sheep Ireland. He will discuss what benefits the hill sector could gain by establishing flock books.

Tomorrow evening’s line up

On Thursday evening, viewers will hear from Annette Zintl, a lecturer in University College Dublin (UCD) who teaches veterinary immunology and parasitology.

Her presentation will revolve around ticks and tickborne diseases in Ireland.

Lastly, the final speaker over the two evenings will be Liz Genever, who is an Independent Beef and Sheep Consultant in the UK.

Her presentation will focus on the importance of monitoring body condition in pregnant ewes.