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Stock Talk – SRUC Kirkton Research Update

In this podcast we will hear from Nicola Lambe and Claire Morgan-Davies, who are based at SRUC Hill & Mountain Research Centre, Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms. They talk about the projects they are involved in. One of Nicola’s projects is a breeding program at Kirkton where they are crossbreeding sheep to maximise efficiencies and with the aim of creating a composite breed.  Claire is involved in EU projects EuroSheep looking at issues in sheep farming across the EU and working on solutions to overcome these issues, the SMART project which is looking at technologies in sheep farming and the Take Care project.  They both highlight the importance of hill farming and are fairly positive about its future in the industry.

Related Resources

EU Projects at Kirkton:

TechCare Project – Integrating innovative TECHnologies along the value Chain to improve small ruminant welfARE management (

Sm@rt | Sm@ll Ruminant Technologies Platform (

EuroSheep | European Knowledge Exchange

Breeding Program

Breeding and management strategies for sheep in the Scottish hills and uplands to meet future economic, environmental and climatic challenges | SEFARI

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