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SheepNet

NEWSLETTER

LANGUAGE: EN – DATE: 25/06/2018

 

Welcome to the second SheepNet newsletter for 2018 – with some news about the project activities and upcoming events!

lamb3rd 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.

SheepNet UK delegation in Vitoria-Gasteiz

 

lambThe 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 UK delegation top 5 tips and tricks were from: 1) Australia: moving gate to put sheep through the race without stressing them; 2) Romania: selecting for fertility, litter size and longevity in big unrecorded flocks; 3) New Zealand: low stress handling of lambs and ewes; 4) New Zealand: hock bar in the raceway; and 5) Romania: selecting ewes for temperament.

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!

Selecting and voting for tips and tricks

 

lambNext event

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.

 

 

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