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The workshop objectives were :

  • Feedback from the TNWS held in Sardinia
  • Evaluation of solutions tested by Turkish farmers
  • Talk about the next TNWS in Ireland
  • Introduce the social media channels of SheepNet

The agenda has been presented by Hasan Onder. Around 30 participants were in the workshop from different specilisations. The 4th SheepNet international workshop was held in Alghero in the North of Sardinia, from the 28-29th November2018. The key points of the programme were:

·Presentation of the Italian and Sardiniasheep production,

·Farms visits

-Società Agricola Piras Michelino(pedigree breeder for dairy sheep)

-Società  Agricola  Oredda  fratelli  Mangatia(dairy  sheep,  pigs,  cereals  and  forage production)

·Cheese  factory  of AGRIEXPORT  Sardegna  Consortium.  (consortium  of  producers,  processing

capacity of 30,000,000 litres of milk, to produce 4,600 tonnes of dairy products)

Following  the  2nd SheepNet international  workshop  held  in Romania  in  2017,  in total 8 solutions were retained by the Turkish delegation. Out of these 8 solutions, 6 were tested by the Turkish farmers. The  solutions  are  described  on  the  SheepNet  website,  under  « knowledge  reservoir ». The farmers/advisors who tested some of the solutions presented their feedback to the group. Tested solutions were evaluated by the discussion groups and below are the information about the results.

Country

 TURKEY

Solution No/Name

 6/Use of ram effect to compact the lambing season

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others

F

A

Why did you select this solution?

 To compact the lambing

Was it easy to implement?

Yes

If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

 

Did you need to adapt it?

 No

If yes, how?

 

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?

 

What were the outcomes?

92% fertility

Score the solution

Interesting and easy to implement

Will you continue to implement it?

Yes

If not, for which reasons?

 

Comments/Additions

 If there is enough lamb, everything is perfect. What if the rams stay 20-30 days in order to make sure the 2. cycle to increase the fertility ?

 

Country

 TURKEY

Solution No/Name

 8/How to establish the proper ram:ewe ration in the flock

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others

F

A

Why did you select this solution?

 To obtain the highest success in flock fertility

Was it easy to implement?

Yes

If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

 

Did you need to adapt it?

 No

If yes, how?

 

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?

 

What were the outcomes?

85% fertility rate

Score the solution

Interesting and easy to implement

Will you continue to implement it?

Yes

If not, for which reasons?

 

Comments/Additions

 In the first cycle we reached 85% fertility rate.

 

Country

 TURKEY

Solution No/Name

 28/Ultrasound scanning

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others

F

A

Why did you select this solution?

 To improve the feed management and establish proper feeding programme

Was it easy to implement?

No

If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

Difficult to find experienced person in the field

Did you need to adapt it?

 No

If yes, how?

 

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?

 

What were the outcomes?

Wrong diagnosis and wrong assessment

Score the solution

Interesting but need adaptations to implement it

Will you continue to implement it?

No

If not, for which reasons?

 

Comments/Additions

In the first trimester of  pregnancy, there were a lot of mis observations.

 

Country

 TURKEY

Solution No/Name

 41/Designing proper sheds for lambing

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others

F

A

Why did you select this solution?

 To increase lamb survivability

Was it easy to implement?

yes

If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

 

Did you need to adapt it?

 No

If yes, how?

 

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?

 

What were the outcomes?

98% of mother-lamb bond

Score the solution

Interesting and easy to implement

Will you continue to implement it?

Yes

If not, for which reasons?

 

Comments/Additions

I recommend this easy application to everyone

 

Country

 TURKEY

Solution No/Name

33/Preparation of lambing inventory

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others

F

A

Why did you select this solution?

 To improve lamb health and survival rate

Was it easy to implement?

yes

If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

 

Did you need to adapt it?

 No

If yes, how?

 

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?

 

What were the outcomes?

10% decrease in lamb mortality

Score the solution

Interesting and easy to implement

Will you continue to implement it?

Yes

If not, for which reasons?

 

Comments/Additions

I recommend this easy application to everyone

 

Country

 TURKEY

Solution No/Name

 26/Nutritional management according to litter size

Farmer/Service provider/technicians-vet-others

F

A

Why did you select this solution?

 To increase flock health and better parturition

Was it easy to implement?

yes

If not say what are the identified drawbacks?

 

Did you need to adapt it?

 No

If yes, how?

 

Were you happy with the outcome of the solution?

 

What were the outcomes?

Better feed planning and healthy parturition

Score the solution

Interesting and easy to implement

Will you continue to implement it?

Yes

If not, for which reasons?

 

Comments/Additions

It is sometimes difficult to find experienced person in scanning for good rate.

 

Last TNWS delagatioın hve been decided and gave some information about the meeting in Ireland.

Different means of communication used by SheepNet are introduced ;

·Website: www.sheepnet.network

·Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SheepNetEU

·Twitter: @SheepNetEU

·YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWLBGTEOESg097jV_dvsM8w/videos

·LinkedIn: SheepNet group

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All the solutions presented during the meeting are available on our SheepNet website, and the material can be downloaded.

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