SRUC

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We offer membership that allows each individual veterinary practitioner access to all seven CPD talks held in 2020–21.

A personalised CPD certificate is provided for each talk you attend.

Price: £40 incl VAT (net £33.33)

For information on cancellations please view our refund policy.

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List of talks

Agricultural policy during Covid-19 and Brexit – the direction of travel and potential impacts on Scotland’s beef and sheep sectors

Recording: available (two CPD talks are available, either with focus on Highlands/Islands or the rest of Scotland)  

Talk summary

This talk will look at the challenges and opportunities that Scotland’s beef and sheep sectors have faced and will face as a result of Covid-19 and the ongoing Brexit process.  Policy evolution has been occurring apace as Brexit has occurred, with trade, food standards, common frameworks and support mechanisms all making headlines as the UK feels its way through the EU withdrawal process.

Whilst the final outcome of the trade arrangements with the EU and the US are yet unknown they each have potential implications for the Scottish livestock sector. The talk will consider what some of these implications are and how they may impact at the farm level along with a look at how Covid-19 has affected the sector and may impact on the long term budget available for agriculture.

With new agricultural support mechanisms being considered for beyond 2024 the importance of livestock health will have greater attention as the Scottish Government strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector in the transition towards net zero emissions for the agricultural sector. Encouraging ‘best practice’ to minimise emissions and maximise returns will therefore remain vital and need specialist veterinary and advisory advice as farmers adapt to a new policy philosophy.

Speaker:
Steven Thomson, Agricultural Economist at SRUC

Fodder Beet in livestock systems – What does the vet need to know?

Recording: available

Talk summary

Fodder beet has been growing in popularity rapidly in the UK due to its high nutrition, palatability, high yield and the ability to use post emergence herbicides unlike swedes. It is a high sugar crop, and requires careful transition management and allocation to prevent animal health problems.

Jim is a fodder beet specialist, ruminant nutritionist and vet, and has designed grazing systems over in New Zealand to reduce the onset of acidosis, clostridial diseases, phosphorus deficiencies etc. In this webinar Jim will explain what went wrong for vets initially in New Zealand when fodder beet problems started to arise, how they now approach problems and he will also cover some myths of fodder beet e.g. oxylate poisoning. 

Speaker:
Dr Jim Gibbs, Ruminant Nutritionist at Lincoln University in New Zealand

Where does the future lie for dairy beef in Scotland?

Recording: available

Talk summary

There has been significant changes in breeding policy on dairy herds in recent years with the increased use of sexed semen and increased demand for dairy beef cross animals to enter the beef supply chain.  This can be developed on farm, through local rearers or through larger contract rearing companies. 

Where does the vet fit into this and what are the opportunities and future prospects for this beef supply chain in Scotland?

This talk will cover everything from industry market forces and the drivers from farm assurance, breeding policy on dairy farms, supplying a calf that the market wants in terms of health status, to dealing with the calf health challenges in collection centres and rearing units as Robert Ramsay and Colin Mason try and steer you through the opportunities and challenges that this emerging sector can bring for vets.

Speakers:
Colin Mason, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC
Robert Ramsay, Beef Specialist at SAC Consulting

Improving flock output through better nutrition

Recording: available

Talk summary

This talk will cover strategies to meet ewe energy and protein demand through pregnancy and manage ewes and lambs in lactation to maximise lamb performance. Post-weaning lamb and ewe management will be also discussed.

Speaker:
Poppy Frater, Sheep Specialist at SAC Consulting

Cryptosporidium: a major source of neonatal calf diarrhoea

Recording: available

Talk summary

The talk will give a comprehensive overview of Cryptosporidium infections within the beef and dairy industry and will utilize the latest research findings to provide guidance on transmission, diagnosis, control and other farm intervention strategies to help to veterinarians and farmers to manage cryptosporidiosis within a herd.

Speaker:
Frank Katzer, Molecular Parasitologist at Moredun Research Institute

Making beef enterprises sustainable - Helping farmers to rise to the challenge

Recording: available

Talk summary

The challenges facing the beef industry are many and varied, with Brexit, Covid-19 and Climate Change all rearing their heads at the same time, putting pressure on an already economically challenged sector. This talk will initially provide a market update, explaining where we are just now and also where beef prices are likely to go, before looking at where the opportunities lie for the Beef sector and how vets can positively impact the direction of beef businesses.

Speaker:
Robert Ramsay, Beef Specialist at SAC Consulting

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