Red meat roundup for Welsh vets

A group of vets from across Wales are now up to speed on a number of red meat related issues since attending a course hosted by the Wales Veterinary Science Centre (WVSC) in Aberystwyth.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) was invited to work with the WVSC to deliver information for vets who registered for the Sheep Modular CPD course, with the most recent module focusing on lamb growth. Two members of HCC staff were on hand to provide updates on two strands of the red meat body’s work.

The research and development remit of HCC was explained and outlined by Gwawr Parry, who placed a particular emphasis on the sheep health and performance portfolio. James Ruggeri participated in a practical workshop which focused on the importance of meeting market specifications and sheep and lamb management.

During the day, the vets were provided with a veterinary parasitology update by APHA expert Sian Mitchell, information on ewe and lamb health by Kate Hovers, a talk on trace elements and a practical demonstration on grass and soil assessment.

Course co-ordinator and veterinary consultant, Kate Hovers said: “The sheep modular course we have run at WVSC has been well received by Welsh vets showing their genuine interest in sheep health. 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.”

HCC’s James Ruggeri said: “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.

“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. 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.”

The WVSC, based in Aberystwyth, was opened in 2015 and was designed to provide support to veterinary businesses in Mid and North Wales and contribute to an enhanced UK-wide scanning surveillance network by providing subsidised post mortem services to farmers.