23 November 2001

LOOKING

AT THE FUTURE OF UK SHEEP FARMING

AGRIVISION will feature a specified Sheep Focus, co-ordinated by NSA, and supported by the Moredun Foundation, Sheep and Goat Health Scheme, Cymru Breeding Services, the Veterinary Laboratories Agency and 12 breed societies.

It provides an ideal centre for visitors interested in the future of sheep farming. Representatives of these organisations will be on hand to discuss most aspects of their sheep farming business, providing an essential opportunity for producers looking to the future after a tremendously bleak and difficult year, to discuss positive strategies and swap ideas and air their views.

Joining NSA at AgriVision are 12 breed societies – Beulah Speckled Face, Bluefaced Leicester, Charollais, Dorset Horn/Poll Dorset, Jacob, Lleyn, Shetland, Shropshire, Swaledale, Suffolk, Texel and Wiltshire Horn. The societies will be keen to provide details of pedigree flock owners for those interested in purchasing stock for restocking, or to offer advice on breeding programmes to anyone interested in virtues of these particular breeds.

The Moredun Foundation will be on hand to discuss aspects of their on-going research into animal diseases, improved medicines and husbandry. A wide range of information on health and welfare issues will be available.

The Scrapie Epidemiology Group of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency will be available with general advice on scrapie and genotyping, along with information on VLA projects to study the disease.

Cymru Breeding Services currently provides three core functions – an AI and semen freezing/storage operation, delivering a major component of the Welsh Sheep Strategy breeding programme, and a commercial scrapie genotyping service. In addition their parasitology unit is helping farmers to use faecal egg counts in worm control strategies and working with breeders to develop worm resistance EBVs.

Producers wishing to obtain further information on accreditation of flocks for Meadi Visna and Enzootic Abortion, will be able to visit the Sheep and Goat Health Scheme. SGHS operates in partnership with vets and flockmasters to test flocks and monitor shows and sales.

NSA will be available throughout the event to meet new and existing members and discuss any aspect of the industrys current situation.