SheepNet was initiated in November 2016, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
SheepNet was able to provide 64 specific solutions to answer expressed end-user needs, and 73 bottom-up solutions and practical tips were generated from farmers.
However, SheepNet also highlighted that there remained many questions that farmers would like to see addressed to improve their productivity. SheepNet identified 19 separate research areas or recommendations where future research would help to address farmer needs
Based on this, we propose that research should be commissioned in a number of areas including:
- use of genetics and genomics for sheep breeding in European systems to improve reproductive outcomes;
- use of PLF, modelling and other tools to improve sheep farming management;
- better understanding of the biological responses of young animals and their management;
- further research into the diagnoses and impact of endemic sheep diseases.