Conference programme 2019


What is that coughing calf telling you?

14 Nov 2019
BVA Farm Theatre 1

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is acknowledged as one of the leading causes of losses in the beef and dairy industry. The costs of the disease are well documented, with significant impacts on productivity in all sectors, it therefore remains a focus area for researchers; but like all research the key questions are how the research translates onto farm? and how we as vets can help our clients manage this multi factorial disease?
The presentation will provide practitioners with a practical framework to follow when faced with outbreaks of disease. The discussion will cover diagnostics and treatment protocols and then go on to consider how to prevent future disease outbreaks. In the final section the talk will consider how vets can proactively engage with their clients on the topic of youngstock disease, considering the new monitoring technologies available and how benchmarking can be used to promote best practice and drive improvement.

  • 1.Be able to approach outbreaks of disease in groups of young cattle in a structured and evidence based way, enabling them to formulate diagnostic and treatment plans and instigate changes to prevent future outbreaks of disease.
  • 2.Understand how to measure and manage groups of youngstock, using modern technology and benchmarking data to ensure good performance and promote the highest standards of health and welfare.
  • 3.Be able to build relationships with their farm animal clients and engage with farmers proactively on the topic of calf disease.
Tim Potter, Clinical Director - Westpoint Farm Vets

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