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Merino Conference 7 – 15 April 2018 – Uruguay

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Uruguay will host the 10th WORLD MERINO CONFERENCE from 7th to 15th April 2018 in Montevideo. Conference activities will include pre and post tours visiting the major Merino studs in the country as well as show and judging.

 

This Conference is organized by Uruguayan Merino Breeders Society with the support of the World Federation of Merino Breeders. The World Conference convenes every four years the International community related with the Merino breed. One of the main goals is to encourage the participation and massive networking of researchers, breeders and companies or institutions related to the breed as well as encourage the attendance of students from different areas since they are the future Merino breeders.

 

The World Federation member countries are: Argentina, Australia, France, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay and USA. Moreover, we have already received queries from other countries such as Turkey, Canada, Chile, amongst others.

 

The official activities will start on Saturday April 7th with a 5 day technical tour visiting the best Uruguayan Merino studs, the industry, plants, and wool mills. ‘We will drive center-northwards to Salto to the best Merino area. We will stay at the Altos del Arapey Hotel in the thermal area. On Monday 9th we will have show and judging of Merinos studs at the Altos del Arapey and on Wednesday 11th we will drive southwards, alongside the Uruguay River, to Montevideo’.

 

The Conference sessions will be held on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th at the Sheraton Hotel in Montevideo with keynote speakers on various subjects such as: trends in wool and meat markets, textiles, genetics and production, as well as presentations of the Federation’s member countries.

 

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th tours to Punta del Este and Colonia will be available, while in Colonia the visit to one of the main Merino studs. There will also be a post-Conference tour to Argentina, also visiting Merino studs.

 

‘We are expecting considerable attendance from neighboring countries, breeders, researchers and industry members from Uruguay, as well as members of the World Federation. This Conference will improve the understanding of the breed and its genetics, world meat and wool markets, future trends, and scientific know-how in a friendly atmosphere within the Merino world family which will also strengthen the bonds among our associations.

 

‘We are looking forward to your presence in this important event. It will be a great opportunity to appreciate our Merino breed as well as our land and agriculture production, our culture and also our Uruguayan hospitality.

This event will also provide a world showcase for your products and services helping the growth of the Merino breed.

 

Source: Uruguayan Merino Breeders Society

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