HCC collaborates with Welsh vets to deliver lamb management strategies

The Welsh red meat levy board has been working in conjunction with Welsh vets to deliver information on red meat-related issues. 

At an event hosted by the Welsh Veterinary Science Centre (WVSC) in Aberystwyth, Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) was on hand to provide information for vets who are registered for the Sheep Modular CPD course, the most recent of which focused on lamb growth. Two members of HCC staff were in attendance to detail how the different strands of HCC operate to delegates.

Gwawr Parry, industry development officer, explained how the research and development arm of the levy board works, with particular emphasis on sheep health and performance. Meanwhile, James Ruggeri, HCC’s industry development executive took part in a workshop focusing on the importance of meeting market specifications and sheep and lamb management.

Attendees were given a veterinary parasitology update by Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) expert Sian Mitchell, provided with information of ewe and lamb health by course co-ordinator and veterinary consultant Kate Hovers, and talks on trace elements and a practical demonstration on grass and soil assessment.

“The sheep modular course we have run at WVSC has been well-received by Welsh vets, showing their genuine interest in sheep health,” said Hovers. “It was great to work with HCC and we all learnt from each other. We intend to continue with the modular course next year and look forward to liaising with HCC again.”

Ruggeri commented that the workshop provided the organisations with the chance to develop relationships. “This was a valuable opportunity to work with the recently-established WVSC, which aims to strengthen and enhance the important contribution of the veterinary profession in Wales,” he said.

WVSC was first established in 2015 to offer support to veterinary businesses in mid- and north Wales, and to contribute to a UK-wide scanning surveillance network by providing subsidised post-mortem services to farmers.

“Vets communicate with farmers on a daily basis, they visit their farms and come across a range of problems and issues that directly affect the production of red meat,” added Ruggeri. “It is therefore important that they are armed with all the latest information and understand the market’s requirements, so that they can provide grassroots support and advice.

“Furthermore, it can only be beneficial if they are fully informed on all the research work that’s currently taking place within the sector. There was a great deal of interest in the work conducted on trace element deficiency in sheep.”

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