Sheep industry conference to address health and welfare issues

The impact that flock health and welfare has on a business will be the main focus for discussion at the third Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) conference on Wednesday, 16 November.

The biennial event will take place at Six Ways Stadium in Worcester and will see delegates from across the industry gather to discuss topics affecting the British sheep industry.

Guest speakers will focus on improving flock performance, improving health and welfare through monitoring and making the most of medicines on farm.

“Every sheep producer needs to be considering the impact health and welfare factors have on their flock and, ultimately, their bottom line,” said Dr Liz Genever, AHDB Beef & Lamb senior scientist. The levy board provides the secretariat for SHAWG.

“The event is a great opportunity to receive an update on current work in this area and also to contribute to future activity which can benefit the whole industry. We are very grateful to the sponsors for their support, which enables us to ensure the conference is a success.”

Leading up to the conference, SHAWG has produced its first Sheep Health and Welfare Report for Great Britain, highlighting many of the messages that will be delivered at the meeting.

“One of SHAWG’s key roles is to coordinate industry initiatives in sheep health and welfare-related activity,” added Peter Baber, chairman of SHAWG. “We hope the data and associated information contained in the report will encourage collaboration within the sector and help the industry develop some common health and welfare goals.” This will be Baber’s last innings as chairman. He will pass the position onto Charles Sercombe.

SHAWG is an independent body, members of which include 19 organisations representing different aspects of the sheep industry across Great Britain.

For more information and to book a place at the conference call 01768 877100 or email shawgconference@ebvc.eu.

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