Welsh farmer given chance to join top flock experts

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) is offering sponsorship for a sheep farmer from Wales to attend the biennial Sheep Breeders Round Table conference in Nottingham between 17-19 November.

The conference, entitled ‘Thinking Positively’, brings together experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities for sheep breeding, with a special focus on the latest developments in genetics and achieving the best performance from flocks.

The event attracts farmers, breeders, researchers and vets and is a great opportunity for anybody involved in the industry to hear from experts at the cutting edge of new developments – including international speakers from Iceland and Ireland.

The sessions will include a presentation on the very latest findings from the major ‘RamCompare’ genetic research project, as well as sessions on marketing, meat eating quality, and how genetic improvement can bring better returns for hill farmers.

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales is a co-organiser of the event and the sponsorship will cover the full conference registration fee and accommodation.

“Achieving the best possible performance from sheep flocks is more important than ever, as the industry moves towards a post-Brexit world.” said Gwawr Parry, HCC’s Industry Development Officer. “Any sheep breeders who are keen to expand their knowledge are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the HCC website and the closing date for applications is 16 October.”

Rhodri Lloyd-Williams, a sheep farmer from Talybont in Ceredigion, benefited from HCC support to attend the last round-table. He said; “I probably would not have attended if it wasn’t for the HCC support, but it proved to be a real ‘eye opener’. I was definitely inspired and discovered there are considerable opportunities for breeders, and implemented changes on farm as a result of the discussions at the conference. I’m hoping to attend again this year.”

More information and the full conference programme can be found on the National Sheep Association (NSA) website: www.nationalsheep.org.uk/SBRT