LANGUAGE: EN – DATE: 05/07/2018
Welcome to the second SheepNet newsletter for 2018 – with some news about the project activities and upcoming events!
3rd Transnational Workshop in Spain:
We have just returned from our 3rd transnational workshop, which was held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. This time, over 70 participants attended the 2 day workshop representing stakeholders from the 7 SheepNet countries, as well as delegations from Hungary, Portugal and Germany. The meeting focused on sharing and exchange of farmers’ tips and tricks for implementing solutions to improve sheep productivity by improving fertility rate and pregnancy success and reducing lamb mortality. These tips and tricks were presented by each country, and they had been chosen following discussions with farmers and other stakeholders at their respective national workshops held earlier in the year.
The Irish delegation in Spain From left to right: Michael Crosse, Tipperary, Alan Bohan, Teagasc, Athenry, John Renehan, Kilkenny, John Curley, Rosscommon, Damien Costello, Teagasc Athenry and Tim Keady, Teagasc, Athenry (SheepNet National Facilitator)
The workshop’s activities:
A total of 76 tips and tricks, from all partner countries and from Hungary and Australia/New Zealand, were presented on 8 posters with QR codes for each tip. The tips and tricks were all available in 6 different languages on the SheepNet platform knowledge reservoir (www.sheepnet.network), and were described using pictures and videos. Participants from other countries had the opportunity to select and rank the tips and tricks that they believed would be relevant to improving sheep productivity in their respective countries. The top 5 tips and tricks for all were from 1) Ireland: water supply to multiple lambing pens from one source to reduce labour; 2) Turkey: use of electronic ID recording tool to improve productivity; 3) Australia: moving gate to put sheep through the race without stressing them; 4) Ireland: dealing with enlarged teats by taping the normal teat to encourage lambs to suck the large one and 5) France: a barrier to prevent lambs from jumping in the feed trough.
The Irish delegation top 5 tips and tricks were from: 1) Turkey: ewe restraining rope; 2) France: a feed barrier modification to prevent lamb jumping through, 3) France: A bracket to attach sheep hurdles to a gate or fence; 4) New Zealand: hock bar in the raceway; and 5) Italy: smartphone software to collect data using and EID reader.
The presented tips and tricks are available to view and/or download from our website (www.sheepnet.network/knowledge-reservoir). Most of them feature videos and are very informative. It is worth checking them out!
Group photo of all the SheepNet participants to the Transnational Workshop in Spain.
Following the success of Spain, the next transnational workshop will be held in Sardinia, Italy (Alghero), on 28-29 November 2018. These 2 days will be a great opportunity to discover Italian sheep production and to share ideas and solutions on best practices, including the use of technology to help sheep management. Go to the website to register your interest (www.sheepnet.network/news) as soon as possible, to make sure you can book a place.