As numerous Irish breeds have slipped into extinction in recent decades including the Cladoir Sheep and the Tory Cow, a national discussion on indigenous Irish breeds will be staged in the heart of the Heather County next week.
Organised by The Old Irish Goat Society and in association with the Irish Rare Breed Societies, the second Irish Rare Breeds Conference takes place on Thursday, 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday, 26th May 2018 at Nevins Newfield Inn, Mulranny, Co. Mayo.
The aim of the event is to promote the conversation and utilisation of our remaining rare breeds and to address challenges such as lack of protections; resources and recognition.
Last year’s conference was well attended, with a full line-up this year including a discussion on Irish Rare Breeds History and Utility; Cultural Heritage with Modern Day Applications; International Policy and Practice and Delivering Conservation of Irish Rare Breeds. Industry specialists from Teagasc and Weatherbys DNA Laboratory have all been invited to attend this year’s event.
View the Conference Programme here and book your tickets online here. Attendees can gain admission to Thursday’s event free of charge, while a cover fee of €30 applies for Friday, with a €5 discount available up to the end of March; Friday’s evening meal costs €25 and delegates can attend Saturday’s proceedings free-of-charge.
File Photo: Christopher Kelly.