Sheep 2018 – Farm to Fork, a major national sheep event, will take place on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway.
The event will have major food exhibition for the first time this year. Gates will open at 10.00am, with the day concluding at 5.00pm.
Teagasc has linked up with Galway County Council and Bord Bia to host a dedicated food village, which will include: food science, cooking demonstrations, artisan food, and food markets. Information relating to establishing a food company will also be available. This ties in with Galway having been designated the European Region of Gastronomy, so there will be a significant emphasis on food, showcasing everything from farm to fork.
Professor Michael Diskin, Teagasc sheep enterprise leader, said: “There is a positive outlook for the sheep sector so this is an ideal opportunity to highlight all aspects of the sheep industry, from primary production right through to wool production to showcasing lamb as a wholesome convenient food. We are delighted to have teamed up with Galway County Council in hosting a food village this year. I would also like to acknowledge the support of Irish Country Meats, and thank all the organisations involved in organising the event and the other companies who are supporting Sheep 2018: Farm to Fork."
Attractions on the day will include: sheep breed competitions, sheep breed displays, demonstration of sheepdog training, and an extensive range of commercial exhibitors. Technical information on all aspects of sheep production will be provided by Teagasc researchers, advisors and specialists. This will cover areas like grassland management, breeding, nutrition and flock health. The villages throughout the site will include practical workshops demonstrating the best techniques for managing flocks.
Teagasc says there will also be much to interest hill sheep producers and an extensive village on environmental awareness and management. The opportunities for wool and wool products will be highlighted while market opportunities for sheep meat will be outlined by the meat industry. Key health and safety messages for farmers over the summer months will be delivered and the education options for young people considering a career in farming or in food production will be highlighted.