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Livestock 2012: Farm Health Planning Seminars

24 July 2012

UK - Farmers and their vets will be teaming up to address some of the most common issues found among all livestock enterprises in the Farm Health Planning seminars to be staged at Livestock 2012, the first UK specialist business event to embrace all species - dairy, beef sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.

Organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, the event will be held at The NEC, Birmingham, on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September.

A farmer will introduce each seminar with his vet explaining how they are working together to solve a particular health challenge. Key issues coming under the microscope for dairy farmers will be the topical mastitis, fertility, and lameness issues, together with some new ones such as fluke and IBR for cattle managers, and swine dysentery for pig producers, while the poultry sector will have the opportunity to discuss - do poultry and other livestock enterprises mix?

The Farm Health Planning (FHP) seminars will be managed by the Cattle Health and Welfare Group, chaired by British Cattle Veterinary Association members, and staged in an open discussion area with visitor seating, enclosed by glass panels in the Animal Health Zone. Visitors will be encouraged to participate in the sessions using voting keypads.

“We introduced the combination of farmer and vet to the FHP seminar platform for the first time at last year’s event and it proved to be a very successful approach,” explains FHP co-ordinator, Brian Lindsay.

“To see the genuine partnership approach between cattle farmers and their vets in agreeing and implementing strategies to address the health challenges they were faced with provided an alternative that many farmers have not yet experienced. While the vet provides the technical aspects of the presentation, what was most valuable was the farmers’ experiences in delivering the strategy and of course the results. The same arrangement will be delivered at the Livestock 2012 FHP seminars.”

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