AgriSearch are hosting an online event in partnership with AFBI, CAFRE, AHDB and Sheep Ireland, which will focus on how sheep genetics can be further utilised on Northern Irish farms. This event will take place on Monday 28th June 2021 at 2pm, consisting of a series of presentations delivered by guest speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Performance recording is an invaluable tool in flock management and genetic selection, but large proportions of the Northern Ireland flock remain unrecorded.  As a result, opportunities to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of sheep enterprises are being missed.

Sam Boon (Signet, AHDB) will begin the event by discussing the selection of terminal sires and maternal ewes, as well as highlighting the financial benefits of selecting rams using Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).



Aurelie Aubry (AFBI) will be reviewing the recent results from a RamCompare breeding programme on the effect of sire muscle EBVs on lamb performance and carcase quality, highlighting the results that can be expected when genetics are taken into account. 

Kevin McDermott (Sheep Ireland) will then give an update on the progress being made in the Republic of Ireland and the benefits being realised from increased uptake of performance recording. 

Finally, Eileen McCloskey (CAFRE) will give a practical overview of how farmers in Northern Ireland can start to consider genetics and implement performance recording on farm to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their sheep system.

Webinar speakers (L-R) Dr. Aurelie Aubry; Dr. Eileen McCloskey; Sam Boon; Kevin McDermott

All are welcome to attend.  To register your place, visit the AgriSearch website.