Factors of production in the sheep sector -project (in Finnish Lammastalouden tuotannontekijät LaTu -hanke)

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Factors of production in the sheep sector- project (LaTu-hanke)

This project is run by Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, JAMK with ProAgria South Ostrobothnia. It has started in 01.10.2019 and the project will run until 31.12.2021. The focus groups are sheep farmers in the project area Central Finland and South Ostrobothnia, and those who are planning to become a sheep farmer.

Factors of production in the sheep sector- project is aiming to help sheep farmers to develop their business to the next level. In Finland sheep farms are often small and farmers don´t always have much experience of the sheep before they became sheep farmers. So, this project aims to share information about sheep´s feeding and welfare, technological and production ways, and also how to make sheep farm profitable. Farmers own welfare is also one of the key elements in sheep production, so that´s one of the themes in this project too. Focus is in small groups in Central Finland and South Ostrobothnia area, education days with chancing themes, study trips and study materials and also webinars.

Themes of studying in this project are:

  1. Feeding, feed and pasture
  2. Field cultivation and grass
  3. Economy and marketing
  4. Sheep welfare
  5. Breeding
  6. Other sheep products, environmental values and farmers welfare

Factor of production in the sheep sector- project has also many partners of rural industry. And it´s hoping to have good network with sheep farmer and sheep interest groups. This project is interconnected with Mainland Finnish Development Programme and it´s themes. Project founding comes on the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Central Finland and South Ostrobothnia Centre for Business, Transport and Environment (ELY-keskus).

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The results of the Factors of production in the sheep sector (LaTu) -project so far

The project started in October 2019. Since then, we have organised several education events.

We have had three education days, which themes were feeding, sheep health and welfare, and grass cultivation. Feeding themed education day was held by our own sheep specialists Sini and Milla. Subjects of the day were basics of sheep feeding, feeding strategies and different feeding systems. Because we have sheepfarmers own health and welfare as one of our education themes, we had a short relationship lecture in the days program too. The themes of the sheep health education day was the most common diseases and parasites of sheep. The event was instructed by a veterinarian specialised in sheep production. Farmers welfare part was a lecture about stress handling and recovery. Grass cultivation education day’s themes were soil structure, establishment of grass, and silage harvesting, preservation and storage. Our own cultivation experts act as lecturers of the day.

Our online grass cultivation day in the spring included a practical part, in which cultivation specialist illustrated the structure of the soil

We have also organised local small group education. In winter we had two feeding focused small groups which delved more deeply into sheep feeding skills.

The small group members got acquainted with the carcass classification as a measure of feeding at the slaughterhouse

The spring was affected by COVID-19, so we did all our courses online. We also had few short webinar lectures on various topics. Now the restrictions here in Finland have eased. In this summer we will start local small groups about grass production. These groups focus on cultivation, harvest and economics.