Raising the bar on sheep health and nutrition

A European sheep network is calling on farmers and others in the industry to share their challenges and needs in a bid to improve flock health, nutrition and management practices.

EuroSheep, which has partners in eight countries including Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), has created a survey to collect the common nutrition and health challenges faced by sheep farmers and producers.

Once these have been identified, the network will collect and develop solutions, best practices, and tips and tricks which answer and reflect what sheep producers in Europe need. These will then be shared through national and international workshops, events and webinars.

Dr Claire Morgan-Davies, a Livestock Systems Scientist at SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, said: “It is really important for EuroSheep to gather the views of the sheep industry at a European level.

“The first step of the project is to identify the main challenges farmers and producers face, and the needs they have, in terms of nutrition and health in their flocks.

“We can then address these and provide solutions to improve flock profitability.”

EuroSheep, which is funded by Horizon 2020 – the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, involves partners in Ireland, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece and Turkey, but is open to all countries, stakeholders and sheep producers.

The objective of EuroSheep is to exchange existing knowledge between stakeholders at all stages of the supply chain in EU and Turkish sheep production, focusing on flock health management and nutrition management.

It held its first project meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the end of January 2020, where the partners devised the work plan for the next three years.

The survey, which will take around 20 minutes, can be completed online on a laptop or mobile phone.

It can be accessed at: https://tinyurl.com/eurosheep-en

 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.