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Minister McEntee launches Sheep 2012 and New Teagasc Sheep Manual

Shane McEntee TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today officially launched Sheep 2012 and the sheep publication from Teagasc entitled "Technical Up-Dates on Sheep Production".

The Minister said "I am delighted with the co-operation shown by the stakeholders in the sector who have put huge effort into organizing the major sheep event of the year, to be held at Teagasc Athenry on June 30th. With overall sponsorship from Kepak, and Musgraves, the event promises to be a day not to be missed for sheep farmers. A wide range of activities are planned including technical seminars and workshops, breed championships and a cookery demonstration by Bord Bia."

Minister McEntee also launched the new Teagasc manual on sheep entitled "Technical Up-Dates on Sheep Production" which is a summary of the latest research and advice on all areas of sheep production.  The Minister commented "this manual is a very comprehensive summary of important knowledge on sheep issues and will be a crucial reference for sheep producers, advisers, veterinarians, students and others. There is considerable scope to improve technical efficiency on many sheep farms and I would urge all farmers to use it as a reference manual. There is renewed optimism in the sheep sector with stability returning to the National ewe flock which bodes well for the future of lamb production. My congratulations to the editors, Michael Diskin and Michael McHugh for making this particular publication possible."

The Minister concluded by wishing the organisers a very successful event at Sheep 2012 at Teagasc, Athenry on 30 June 2012 and encouraged stakeholders to avail of the very useful information contained in the new publication from Teagasc

Date Released: 04 May 2012