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

I really enjoyed the informative talks and networking/chatting with other delegates

Kate HoversVetConference 2017

Diversity of speakers and the veterinary input was great

Conference DelegateConference 2017

Very interesting series of talks

Moyna RicheyAPHAConference 2017

Great range of topics covered

Conference DelegateConference 2017

Mix of participants – industry, vets, experts

Debbie VernonEllie's DairyConference 2017


(for more see ‘Testimonials‘)


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    Great set up, good location and great content.
    Craig JonesAbergavenny CreameryConference 2018


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