Sheep Summer Tour 2021


Event Date: Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 11:59:59 PM
Event Location: Online


As with many events across past 18 months, the 2021 IGA Sheep event fell victim to Covid-19 restrictions and an on-farm event was not possible. Not wanting to disappoint our membership, the IGA sheep committee put their heads together to find the best option for the summer event. After much consideration it was decided an online event was the only option, but we were conscious that we still wanted to get out on the road and give our viewers a virtual farm walk. Despite the initial disappointment of not being able to host an on-farm event, the committee had the bright idea to use the restrictions as an opportunity to engage with an international speaker. When discussing potential farms to visit the committee out did themselves and came up with three excellent potential hosts and after some discussion it was decided that each potential host was deserving of a dedicated evening to showcase their farm on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June. The three-day event, which was kindly sponsored by Mullinahone Co-op, consisted of a virtual farm tour with Peter & Tom McGuinness in Trim, Co. Meath, and Alan Cole in Athy, Co. Kildare followed on the third night by an online presentation and discussion with Neil McGowan of Incheoch farm in Perthshire, Scotland. The theme for this year’s event was “The use of innovative practices to enhance flock management and performance” and it became apparent very quickly that each of our three hosts suited this theme perfectly, each of them adopting some form of innovative practice to drive flock performance. The video productions went live on the IGA website each evening and are available on the website and on YouTube for anyone who was not able to tune in on the night.