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What is Challenge Sheep? West Sussex

December 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Didling Farms, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0LQ

By kind permission of Mr. S Grimshaw

Challenge Sheep aims to understand how the rearing phase of replacement ewes impacts lifetime productivity. The project starts October 2017 and will track over 4000 replacements entering thirteen flocks this tupping season with a similar number being tracked on the same farms from tupping 2018 and they will be followed for the next 6 years.

Matthew Blyth runs a flock of 1000 Lleyn and lleyn cross ewes at Didling Farms, Didling Weat Sussex. 210 home produced shearlings are bred each year as replacements. Lambing is indoors from March and lambs are finished on grass.


11.00   Registration

11.15   Welcome

11.25   What is Challenge Sheep? – Hayley King, AHDB

11.40   Introduction to the farm – Matthew Blyth

11.50   Farm walk – focus on the ewes, replacements and handling system

13.00   Lunch

13.45   What are the gaps in our knowledge of replacement management? – Hayley King,      AHDB

14.15   Defining the questions to be answered by Challenge Sheep – Liz Genever, AHDB.

14.45   Summary and final questions

15.00   Finish

To register your FREE place ring the AHDB Beef & Lamb events hub on 01904 771212 or email ku.gr1544405849o.bdh1544405849a@stn1544405849eve.e1544405849k1544405849


December 5, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Didling farms
West Sussex, GU29 0LQ
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