Dairy Sheep & Goat Conference 2018

Our third annual conference “Youngstock and Replacement Rearing” took place in February 2018.

Mon, 19 February – Tues, 20 February 2018
Doubletree By Hilton Cadbury House,
Bristol, BS49 5AD
United Kingdom

The speakers were from Spain, France and Canada, 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 programme

Monday 19/02/18
(Chair: Anthony Wilkinson)

Morning: Workshops*
  • Tom Chamberlain PhD, MRCVS
    Chalcombe, Wickham

    Workshop – Fundamentals of dairy sheep and goat nutrition
  •    OR
  • Kate Hovers BVSc CertSHP MRCVS
    Independent consultant for MSD, Powys, Wales

    Josephine Child BVetMed MRCVS
    Friars Moor Livestock Health, Dorset, UK

    Workshop – Lameness control in dairy sheep and goat

*Limited places available please book early
Light lunch included

  • Introduction by Chairman Anthony Wilkinson
  • Julio Benavides Silvan DVM PhD ECSRHM
    CSIC – University of Leon, Spain

    Small Ruminant dairying: the Spanish experience and overview of Johne’s disease in small ruminants
  • Will Frost
    Childhay Manor Farm, Beaminster, Dorset

    Rearing goat youngstock
  • Emily Gascoigne BA VetMB MRCVS
    Synergy Farm Health
    Tom Garland
    Burton Dairy Farm, Langport, Somerset

    Rearing replacement ewe lambs
  • Yoav Alony-Gilboa DVM CertSHP MRCVS
    Friars Moor Livestock Health, Dorset, UK

    What can we learn from the cow dairy industry?
  • Conference Dinner
    After Dinner Speaker, John Fishwick – BVA President

Tuesday 20/02/18
(Chair: Yoav Alony Gilboa)

  • Cathy Bauman DVM, MPH, PhD
    Guelph University, Ontario, Canada
    Matthew Pugh BVetMed MRCVS
    Belmont Farm & Equine Vets Ltd, Hereford

    Monitoring disease in kid goats – UK and Canadian models
  • Julio Benavides Silvan DVM PhD ECSRHM
    CSIC, University of Leon, Spain

    Causes of abortion in small ruminants
  • Sandrine Dufeu
    Agriculture Engineer, Evolution International, France
    Bryony Kendall BSc (An Sci) BVSc MRCVS
    Tyndale Farm Veterinary Practice

    Optimize your replacement: French dairy goats and sheep breeding programs & practical AI experience in France and UK
  • Ed Salt
    Managing Director, Delamere Dairy, Cheshire, UK

    General Market Overview

Sponsored talks

  • CevaScour in milk lambs and kids
  • SRUCSmall ruminant lentiviruses in the milking flock/herd
  • DelavalFarm management software as a tool for replacement and breeding selection
  • Lunch and Depart

The 2019 conference will be held on the 25th & 26th February 2019.

Some Feedback from Attendees at previous conferences

Speakers were very good

John BaileyAmbivetConference 2017

Good mix of producers

Megan BattSRUCConference 2017

Great range of topics covered

Conference DelegateConference 2017

Well organised, good breadth of topics covered

Ian DaviesHay and Brecon FarmersConference 2017

A great strength of the meeting was being able to speak to a collected group of knowledgeable people

R.JonesHowells Vet ServicesConference 2017


(for more see ‘Testimonials‘)


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Great conference. Well done Friars Moor!!
Tom ParkerHipraConference 2018

Sponsored by DeLaval, Evolution International, Bayer, Ceva, Zoetis, UK-Vet Livestock, Nimrod, HIPRA, KRKA, crowdcomms, Boehringer Ingelheim, XLVets Farm, SRUC, AB Europe, British Sheep Dairying Association, UK Milking Goat Association