The Sheep Breeders Round Table, the biennial technical conference for sheep breeders, farmers, academics, consultants and industry representatives, is returning as a face-to-face event this November.

This year's theme will be 'UK sheep genetics delivering for the nation' and the event will take place from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13, at the Radisson Blu Hotel at the East Midlands Airport.

The Sheep Breeders Round Table is an industry initiative, with collaboration from all levy boards including the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Beef and Lamb; Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC); Quality Meat Scotland (QMS); and AgriSearch combined with support from the National Sheep Association (NSA).

According to the AHDB, the following will be among the topics discussed at the conference:

  • Systems and tools to drive the development of genetics for UK sheep farms;
  • The characteristics needed in sheep for the future;
  • Satisfying the consumer – factors influencing sheepmeat quality;
  • Opportunities for the sheep sector – market place, genetics and support schemes;
  • Increasing the impact of existing breeding schemes;
  • Responsibility of breeding for better health;
  • What will the sheep industry look like in 10 years.

On the Saturday afternoon the conference will debate the motion ‘The use of advanced breeding techniques has positively benefited the British sheep industry over the past 35 years’.

There will be speakers from across the UK and internationally.

Attendees can choose to buy either single day tickets or weekend tickets. There is a special price for accommodation for both nights (additional) and a separate ticket needed for dinner on the Friday and Saturday evenings.