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Sheepmeat has Potential to Keep UK Food Costs Down

"The UK needs home grown food. A competitive sheep industry can provide this, helped by applying lessons from SAC R&D and health schemes.” This is the message from SAC’s consultants, researchers and vets at Sheep 2008.


ewe & lambs

There is a profitable future for the sheep industry in the UK but farmers need to adapt to the changing cost pressures. At Sheep 2008, SAC's consultants, researchers and vets will show how they are working with the industry to help it meet these challenges.

SAC, which has now opened offices in Northumberland, will bring the advantages of its applied research and development to English farmers and is hosting the Cotswold sheep group on its stand.

Breeding Out Lameness

  • SAC research has demonstrated genetic control of resistance to footrot - long term benefits are reduced labour requirements.

The Sheep & Goat Health Scheme - A Vital Element For A Healthy Industry
Accreditation Schemes operated by SAC offer the best prospect of keeping Maedia Visna (MV), Enzootic Abortion of Ewes (EAE) and Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA) in check. Ian Pritchard, the new Health Schemes Manager has overseen the relaunch of these schemes as the Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme. There are with cost reductions for those flocks that can move to three-year testing for MV.

Tackling high feed costs of finishing lambs and wastage through parasites

  • New finishing crops such as chicory can cut the need for concentrates and at the same time control worm infection, saving labour.
    New SAC Consultants
  • Rhidian Jones has recently joined SAC Select Services as a sheep and beef consultant after having managed Sourhope farm in the Scottish borders for several years.

link Jim Paice MP to Open NSA Sheep 2008
link Suffolk Sheep Society Appoints New Chairman
link Flexibility Key to Builth Wells Success

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