Dairy Sheep & Goat Conference 2017

Our second annual conference “Feeding and Breeding” took place in February 2017.

2017 Conference Attendees!
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Dairy Sheep and Goat Conference 2017 - question and answer session

Tues, 21 February 2017 – Wed, 22 February 2017
Doubletree By Hilton Cadbury House,
Bristol, BS49 5AD
United Kingdom

World leaders in the field gave stimulating and useful talks on varied aspects of Dairy Sheep and Dairy Goat production medicine. The speakers were from Australia, Canada, the U.S. and the Netherlands as well as UK based. Yoav Alony Gilboa and Lucy Hepworth are part of the Dairy Sheep and Dairy Goat Consultancy and provided help and advice to vets working in small ruminant dairy production.

Conference timetable

Tuesday 21/02/17
(Chair: Anthony Wilkinson)

  • Dr. Paula Menzies DVM MPVM Dip. ECSRHM
    Guelph University, Ontario, Canada

    Udder health and milk quality issues in milking sheep and goats
  • Kate Hovers BVSc CertSHP MRCVS
    Independent consultant for MSD, Powys, Wales
    & Yoav Alony Gilboa DVM CertSHP MRCVS
    Director, Friars Moor Livestock Health, Dorset, UK

    Control and synchronisation of breeding in sheep and goats
  • Karianne Lievaart-Peterson DVM, PhD, Grad. Cert. in UL&T Dip. ECSRHM
    GD-Animal Health, Deventer, the Netherlands

    Johne’s Testing Schemes in small ruminants
  • Chris Duemler DVM
    Brodhead Veterinary Medical Centre, Wisconsin, USA

    Feeding dairy goats for maximum production

Dairy Sheep and Goat Conference 2017 in progress

Wednesday 22/02/17
(Chair: Yoav Alony Gilboa)

  • David Alvis
    Managing Director – Yorkshire Dairy Goats

    Development and applications of genomics in dairy sheep and goats
  • Dr. Paula Menzies DVM MPVM Dip. ECSRHM
    Guelph University, Ontario, Canada

    Udder health and milk quality issues in milking sheep and goats, part 2
  • Lesley Stubbings OBE BSc Hons FRAgs
    Independent Sheep Consultant, Kettering, UK
    & Lucy Hepworth BVSc MRCVS
    Vet, Friars Moor Livestock Health, Dorset, UK

    Nutritional management of a milking sheep and goats using metabolic profiles
  • Derek Kennedy
    Lubborne Cheese Ltd, Lactalis Groupe, Chard, UK

    Processor’s view on health and welfare in small ruminant milk production
  • Gary Edwards CMS Solutions manager

    Del-Pro Farm Management (Delaval sponsored talk)
  • Russ Davies
    Ruminant Sales Manager, CEVA

    Goat and sheep dairy farming in Australia (CEVA sponsored talk)
  • Announcement
    University of Bristol Small Ruminant Research Alliance

The 2018 conference will be held on the 19th & 20th February 2018.

Some Feedback from Attendees

Well organised, good breadth of topics covered

Ian DaviesHay and Brecon FarmersConference 2017

Wide variety of people, backgrounds and knowledge

Joe BanksCrediton Milling Co. LtdConference 2017

High quality of speakers

Mikes AmosHaberfield Park FarmConference 2017

Great quality of speakers and talks. Good mix of vets, farmers, industry

Adam MontgomerieKingsway Veterinary GroupConference 2017

Informal setting

Marten WisserConference 2017

(for more see ‘Testimonials‘)

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    Diversity of speakers and the veterinary input was great
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    It is with regret that given the current Coronavirus pandemic, GVS has decided to postpone our summer meeting. We very much hope you all stay safe and well. We hope to be able to rearrange our meeting for later in the year. Look after yourselves and each other. Your GVS committee

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