NSA invites all sheep farmers to event

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The N.I. Region of The National Sheep Association is holding its Annual Regional Members Meeting at 7.30pm on Monday, 21st November at AFBI, Large Park, Hillsborough.

At 8.00 pm following the ARMM they will be holding an open meeting when not only members but anyone with an interest in sheep can attend.

On the next evening, again at 8pm, the same speakers will be in The Silver Birch Hotel in Omagh to allow sheep farmers in the west to get a chance to hear the very relevant and important message on ‘Fluke and Sheep Health’.

One of the invited speakers at the upcoming NSA Meeting in Hillsborough is Dr Philip Skuce from the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh. Philip is a native of Norther Ireland and a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. After graduating, he worked at the Vet Labs in Stormont before moving to Moredun in 1995. His research interests are in the diagnosis and control of helminth parasites (worms and fluke) in livestock. He will be specifically speaking about fluke at the NSA ARMM and at a subsequent farmer’s meeting in the Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh. His presentation will cover key aspects of the liver fluke life-cycle, fluke diagnostic options, recent research findings on rumen fluke and practical fluke control strategies.

AFBI scientists from Agriculture Branch and Veterinary Science Division will present and discuss a new research project funded by DAERA which aims to develop a more proactive approach to improve the health and production efficiency of sheep flocks. This work is being carried out in collaboration with a number of farmers and their veterinary practices across Northern Ireland. There are many expected benefits for producers to implement targeted, yet flexible measures to improve the health and performance of their sheep.

Also present for the ARMM will be Joanne Briggs, Communications Manager with NSA based in their Malvern Headquarters who will briefly cover the items considered to be top priority for sheep farmers as we look into the future. A question and answer time will give everyone a chance to further avail of the expertise on the panel of speakers. For more information contact Edward on 07711071290.