The 2019 IFA National Hill Sheep Forum takes place in Glendalough, Co Wicklow, on 5 September with the aim of addressing farm income and how hill farmers can capitalise on the unique environment in which they farm. The meeting will cover hill sheep policy, production and marketing.
IFA national hill committee chair Flor McCarthy said the forum and farm visit will provide hill sheep farmers with a great opportunity to get the latest updates on issues from commonages and CAP policy to the latest on production and marketing of hill lamb.
He said: “It will address how hill farmers can capitalise on the unique environment they farm in, given the increased requirements being asked of farmers in the areas of climate action and biodiversity.”
On policy, the meeting will be addressed by IFA president Joe Healy, Department of Agriculture official Niall Ryan, IFA national sheep chair Sean Dennehy and Eileen McCloskey of the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs.
Michael Gottstein from Teagasc will provide the latest research and advice on hill sheep production and feeding. James Smith from Irish Country Meats will discuss market prospects.
Farm walk and forum
The event will kick off with a farm visit at 2.30pm on the farm of Denis Halpin, Hollywood, West Wicklow. At 6pm, the crowd will assemble in Glendalough Hotel, Co Wicklow.