Local ewe hoggets headed for Ireland

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Six Suffolk ewe hoggets left Doug Brown’s Maheno property yesterday to be further processed for travel to Ireland.

The hoggets will be part of a joint project between Dunedin firm Abacusbio Limited and Teagasc, the Irish agriculture and food development authority, who are assessing differences between New Zealand sheep genetics and the Irish equivalents.

Some of these research programmes involve comparing different strains and breeds under the Irish environment and involve assessing animal performance and genetic progress of the Irish flock.

Abacusbio Limited is an agribusiness consultancy firm which ‘bridges the gap between science and business’ and is supporting Teagasc to establish a flock in Ireland.

As part of composing this flock, animals must have genetic merit and features like Scrapie resistance is mandatory for exports.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA McCARTHY

HOGGETS FOR EXPORT: Maheno farmer, Doug Brown, about to draft off and shear six ewe hoggets which have been identified as suitable for a research programme in Ireland.