21 July 1995

Experts booked for world sheep event

INTERNATIONAL experts are booked to speak at the World Sheep and Wool Congress conference to be held in the Severn Hall at the Three Counties showground, Malvern, Worcs.

They will address a range of technical issues on Mon, July 31, and Tue, Aug 1, which affect flockmasters around the world. There will also be a vast range of topics presented in poster format around the conference area, from which producers can glean more advice and information.

"Conference speakers are bringing up subjects vital to the industry. The world is getting smaller, so it is incumbent upon us all to develop a proper understanding of what is happening in the world. Issues such as the GATT agreement will have a direct impact on personal farming industries," says John Thorley, chief executive of the National Sheep Association. "Producers need to be at the conference to develop a proper understanding so they can make decisions which will take them through the next five years."

Australias John Plant discusses his countrys problem with drug-resistant parasites and relates his experiences to the current situation in the UK. Another antipodean, New Zealands Brian Chamberlain, takes delegates through world sheep production, now and in the future.

The transport issue is aired by vet Julian Earl, who reveals how sheep react to haulage (Livestock June 30). John Robinson from the Scottish Agricultural College, explains why breeding for high fertility is associated with increased incidence of sterility. He also covers improved breeding. Other themes are listed in the table.

The conference precedes the congress sheep and wool trade and technology exhibition, which takes place at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern on Wed, Aug 2. Details of companies taking part can be found in farmers weeklys Focus on Sheep supplement in the July 28 issue.

Last-minute bookings are still being taken for any part of the congress. Delegate fees are £65 a day, which includes a copy of conference preceedings, lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Call Victoria Brook on 01203-696969. &#42

&#8226 The sheep industry now and in the future.

&#8226 Breed and breed development for market requirements with discussion workshops on meat, milk and fibre production.

&#8226 Practice with science covering reproduction physiology, a review of latest research work and external and internal sheep parasites.

&#8226 Pasture use including high input systems.

&#8226 Sheep in the world market-place covering sheepmeat versus competing meats and the natural fibre market.

The Malvern Hills, a perfect backdrop for the World Sheep and Wool Congress conference and exhibition at the Three Counties Showground.