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The autumn conference of the Sheep Veterinary Society, held in Malvern, Worcestershire, last month, focused on issues such as health planning, lameness, parasite control and further education for vets and farmers. Dick Thompson reports
AN absence of major exotic disease epidemics in the past three years together with buoyant market prices has stimulated an increased interest in sheep health and productivity, and there is now an even greater opportunity for vets to become involved in farm health planning. This point was emphasised at the meeting by the guest speaker, Peter Baber, who, as well as being a recent chairman of the National Sheep Association, has also chaired the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) project and the Sheep and Goat Welfare Group. He believed that more vets should become specialists in sheep production and be prepared to participate in whole-farm advisory work. He also conceded that many farmers needed to appreciate the added value vets could provide for their business through a greater understanding of their own financial situation.
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