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21May2013: Healthy Livestock conference

I am e-mailing to inform you of a sheep and beef conference Healthy Livestock are holding in May.

Over the duration of the project, 5 beef and 13 sheep focus farms across the South West region have had been monitored for health, and the subsequent physical and financial implications. The conferences will disseminate the key messages learned through the focus farm programme to the industry and interested parties through the two conferences detailed below.

These events will include focus farmers’ and their vets’ views, with some speaking at the conferences, to share some of the benefits they have received from being a part of the project. We will also have contributions from Mair Morgan and Elwyn Rees of ADAS who will be representing the ADAS team. ADAS have worked in partnership with the Rural Business School in delivering the programme in Devon up through to Gloucestershire. Tim Dart has been working with the Cornwall focus farmers and will be sharing the platform with ADAS discussing some of the findings in Cornwall. Dr Clare Phythian, the Healthy Livestock project sheep vet based at the University of Bristol, who has been working closely with the focus farmers and vets, will be sharing some of the interesting work she has been doing during the project along with key industry speakers to discuss what the future holds for the sector.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, viewing of sponsors stands and talking amongst other attendees to share experiences. These events are free to attend with a carvery lunch included. To confirm your booking please contact Healthy Livestock team on 0845 458 7485 or

Tuesday 21st May - Trethorne Leisure Centre,
Highland Suite, Launceston, PL15 8QE
10.00am - 4.00pm (Bacon bap on arrival at 10am)

Key speakers in farm animal veterinary practice and other industry specialists. Hear focus farmers’ views and how the project has had a positive impact on their businesses, talk to proactive vets, discuss with other farmers and browse sponsor stands.

Carvery lunch included.

Free to attend.

To confirm your booking please contact Healthy Livestock on 0845 458 7485 or


Sheep and Beef Conference Agenda

Tuesday 21st May - Trethorne Leisure Centre,
Highland Suite, Launceston, PL15 8QE
10.00am - 4.00pm

10.00 am - 10.30 am
Arrival and registration with bacon bap, tea and coffee

10.30 am – 10.40 am
Chairman’s opening remarks
Paul Ward, Healthy Livestock Manager.

10.40 am – 11.10 am
Flock & herd health planning
Neil Sargison
Head of Farm Animal Section, Senior Lecturer,
Large Animal Practice, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

11.10 am – 11.25 am
Tea & coffee

11.25 am – 11.55 am
The focus farm project – achievements on the host farms across the region
Tim Dart, Farm and Rural Business Advisor and Elwyn Rees, ADAS consultant.

11.55 am – 12.35 pm
The veterinary and farmer view point– Individual farm case studies
‘Flock expansion and implementing a rotational grazing system - impacts on management and health’ Tim Bebbington, Castle Veterinary Group and Richard Hawke, Bodgate Farm, Cornwall.
'Increasing suckler herd efficiency by improving calf survival and enhancing health and growth rate to weaning'
Roger Cunningham, North Park Veterinary Group and Elwyn Rees, ADAS consultant.

12.35 pm – 12.45 pm
Question and answer session

12.45 pm – 2.00 pm
Carvery lunch and viewing of sponsor stands

2.00 pm – 2.15 pm
How the focus farm approach has benefited participants
Mike Glover, Torch Farm and Equine, Brian & Steve Ayre, Kimbland Farm, Devon and Bryan & Liz Griffiths, Southcott Farm, Devon, members of the focus farm group.

2.15 pm - 2.35 pm
The veterinary and farmer viewpoint - Individual farm case study
'Investigation of abortion’
Polly Dugmore, Kenwyn Veterinary Centre & Hamish Ross, Fentongollan Farm, Cornwall.

2.35 pm – 3.15 pm
Implementation of SCOPS and control of lameness
Clare Phythian, Healthy Livestock sheep vet, Adrian and Peter Coombe, Dupath Farm, Cornwall and
Jenny Starr, East Alsery Farm, Devon.

3.15 pm – 3.35 pm
Economics and production for the red meat sector in the south west - the next 10 years
Mark Fogerty, Farm Business Survey, Rural Business School.

3.35 pm - 3.45 pm
Question and answer session

3.45 pm - 4.00 pm
Closing remarks
Kate Phillips, ADAS consultant.