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27Jun2012: Flock Science to Farmers, RAC

Royal Agricultural College, Harnhill Farm, Cirencester,
Gloucestershire GL7 5PU

Wednesday 27th June 2012, 10:00 - 15:30

Farm Open Day ‘Flock Science to Farmers’ & Farm Walk

Come and join us for an overview of our Harnhill Farm and its flock
During the day we will be covering a number of topics from creating
efficient sheep genetics for the future to ‘adding value’ to your
product. Slow roast barbequed lamb & Wagyu Burgers for lunch,
research displays from our students and Animal Logic on the gains
to be made from increasing rumen efficiency.

There will be presentations from experts in their field, small group
discussions, a farm walk, along with demonstrations from Shearwell
with their Weigh crates, Auto draft crates and other outdoor lambing
products including visual and electronic tags, a meat and quality
butchery demonstration and a chance to use a Backfat Scanner.
There will be plenty of time to discuss your ideas with all of the
experts and researchers.

We also have some local prime Wagyu beef cows for viewing as
one of the speakers will be discussing relevant cattle genetics and
integration with sheep systems.

Provisional Programme
10:00 Registration, Refreshments and Networking
10:30 Welcome ~ Professor Chris Gaskell, tbc
10:40 Chair’s Introduction & setting the scene ~ Chris Brough,
Royal Agricultural College
10:45 Overview of Harnhill ~ Tony Norris, Farm Manager
10:55 Flock Performance ~ Rachael Foy and Liz Dyer, Royal
Agricultural College
11:05 Genetics for the Future ~ Bayden Wilson, Rissington Breedline
11.15 Questions, Refreshments & Networking
11:45 How to manage the adoption of the latest technologies ~
John Heald, New Zealand farmer who runs a Highlander
Nucleus Flock
11:55 Integration of Sheep and Cattle, John Absolom
12:05 Making Grass feed more effective, David Ginter, Animal Logic,
12:15 Lunch & mini-exhibition (slow-roast bbq lamb & Wagyu Burgers)
13:15 Sheep and Beef Meat Quality Assessment and Butchery
demonstration ~ Jesse Smiths
14:00 View Mike Tucker’s visiting Wagyu Cattle ~ John Absolom
14:30 Farm walk with Tony Norris
15:45 Closing remarks and refreshments and small discussion

Delegate price: £100.00.
Farmers: FREE.
Exhibitors: £200.00
Phone: 01285 889913
Fax: 01285 889926
South West Rural Update