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Cattle CPD talks
Sheep CPD talks
Pig CPD talks
Poultry CPD talks
Free CPD talks

Pricing

The cost for the chargeable individual talks is £35 per talk, however discounts are available in that four talks can be purchased for £65 or eight talks can be purchased for £90. 

Please note that for the discount packages there is no option to choose which talks you want at the point of payment, you will be contacted by email once payment is received and asked to make your selection. Instructions on how to access the talks will also be provided by email.

Please also note that the discount packages can be used to mix and match talks on cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

For information on cancellations please view our refund policy.

Online CPD Academy - 4 talks
Price: £65.00 inc VAT (net £54.17)

Online CPD Academy - 8 talks
Price: £90.00 inc VAT (net £75.00)

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Online cattle talks

2000 Beef Cows: Calf losses from breeding to weaning

Talk summary

Calves weaned per 100 cows bred is a Key Performance Indicator in beef herds. Calf losses by abortion, stillbirth, neonatal or older calf death cause significant financial loss and can negatively impact animal welfare. The incidence and causes of such losses are poorly recorded in the veterinary literature.

This talk presents the results from a two year study that aimed to describe the incidence and cause of calf losses from ~2000 Scottish beef cows over two consecutive seasons. Fourteen beef farmers were recruited on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis following awareness raising. Participating farmers recorded animals bred from April – August, and a pregnancy result, in each year (breeding 2017 and 2018). Every calf death (abortion, stillbirth, first week or prior to weaning) was submitted to SRUC Vet Services, Aberdeen for post-mortem investigation.

The full results of the two year study are presented, followed by an open discussion. The talk will be of interest to vets actively involved in health planning for beef herds, and interested in improving production efficiency.

Speaker:
Tim Geraghty, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC

Causes and economic effects of poor cattle temperament and the design of better handling

Talk summary

The session highlights the detrimental effect that poor temperament has on growth and efficiency in finishing cattle. It also shows that pregnant cows that are temperamental later produce smaller, slower growing calves and those cows that are defensive when they have young calves are not better mothers.

It considers the role that within-breed genetics plays in determining temperament. The latest thinking from around the world in using animal behavioural principles to aid calm cattle movement in handling systems will be described. Suggestions are given on how these principles can be incorporated into family farm systems in Scotland at minimal cost.

Speaker:
Simon Turner, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Researcher at SRUC

Digital Dermatitis: Kicking it out of the herd

Talk summary

Digital dermatitis is a constant grumbling issue for many farmers, however, this needn't be the case. An integrated control plan incorporating best practice and responsible use of antimicrobials can bring infections under control quickly and keep them under control in the long term.

This interactive talk covers the current evidence base surrounding the treatment and prevention of digital dermatitis and the practical application of a control plan on-farm using results from a two-year case-study. Sara also gives a brief update on her PhD research on cattle foot trimming.

Speaker:
Sara Pedersen, PhD Researcher at University of Nottingham 

Health Planning - a pleasure or a chore?

Talk summary

This is a short insight into how I approach health planning. My ethos is that both clients and vets must see it as delivering a financial benefit over the cost. In my opinion what prevents engagement in health planning in most cases is vets’ perception, and in all honesty fear of not delivering on health planning, so the aim of this talk is to give vets tools and approaches to get clients queuing up for Herd Health Plans because they want them and not because they have an audit next week.

Speaker:
Molly McKay, Veterinary Surgeon at Norfolk Farm Ltd

Hot topics in dairy cow nutrition

Talk summary

Dairy cow nutrition represents the largest variable cost associated with dairy production, and can have major effects on cow health, productivity and fertility. However despite its importance, nutrition remains an opaque and rarely discussed topic for most veterinary practitioners. This talk will cover some of the current topical areas in dairy cow nutrition, discussing ways that veterinary practitioners can potentially assess nutrition, and what developments may occur in the future.

Speaker:
Alastair Macrae, Head of the Dairy Herd Health and Productivity Service at Royal (Dick) Vet School, The University of Edinburgh

Improving the health and performance of dairy cattle through better copper nutrition

Talk summary

Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element and its supply has important consequences on the performance, health, and fertility of dairy cattle. A Cu responsive disorder is often associated with symptoms such as impaired growth, anaemia and infertility. Recently there has been evidence of considerable over-supplementation of UK dairy cows, and it has been suggested that this may be related to the perception that, in the absence of clinical Cu toxicity, there is no detrimental effect of over-supplementation.

Supplying the correct amount of Cu is complicated by interactions with other minerals such as molybdenum and sulfur in the rumen, although these effects are poorly understood. This talk focuses on recent research that has been addressing the long-term effects of over-supplementation of Cu. It also addresses factors that can influence Cu absorption and metabolism, and discusses means of determining Cu status on commercial herds.

Speaker:
Liam Sinclair, Professor of Animal Science at Harper Adams University

Practical mineral nutrition for sucklers and sheep

Talk summary

There is a wide range of information available to farmers about mineral nutrition for suckler herds and sheep flocks and not all is evidence based. This can lead to wide variations in mineral supplementation. This interactive talk aims to update information on the common pitfalls in providing mineral nutrition and includes discussion of clinical cases seen by SRUC vets where requirements may not have been met.

Speaker:
Karen Stewart, Beef and Sheep Nutritionist at SAC Consulting

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

Practitioner's guide to bovine stillbirth investigations

Talk summary

This presentation will provide the practitioner with a basic guide to the approach to investigating stillborn calves in practice. It will discuss post mortem techniques and common findings on gross post mortem. The aim of the talk is to allow the practitioner to be able to establish the time of death and recognise common causes of death.

Speaker:
Rhona Ley, Veterinary Surgeon at Northvet

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

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

Using genomics in practice

Talk summary

The talk highlights some of the recent advances in the genetic and genomic analysis of health and fitness traits in cattle. We also discuss future developments and opportunities for vets and farmers.

Speaker:
Eileen Wall, Head of Research at SRUC

Online sheep talks

Health issues in growing lambs

Talk summary

This talk will focus on the investigation and prevention of ill thrift in lambs. An overview of growth rate targets will be followed by discussion of the main production limiting issues including parasitic conditions, trace elements and infectious disease. Different testing options for monitoring and diagnosis will be considered.

Speaker:
Heather Stevenson, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC

Lameness in sheep: Surely it's just blue spray?

Talk summary

The talk focuses on diagnosis, prevention and control of footrot and CODD, the two primary causes of lameness in sheep in the UK. It takes an evidence based and practical approach to applying the latest research in these diseases to the on farm situation.

Speaker:
Joe Angell, Veterinary Surgeon at Wern Veterinary Surgeons

Practical mineral nutrition for sucklers and sheep

Talk summary

There is a wide range of information available to farmers about mineral nutrition for suckler herds and sheep flocks and not all is evidence based. This can lead to wide variations in mineral supplementation. This interactive talk aims to update information on the common pitfalls in providing mineral nutrition and includes discussion of clinical cases seen by SRUC vets where requirements may not have been met.

Speaker:
Karen Stewart, Beef and Sheep Nutritionist at SAC Consulting 

Sheep Scab - is there anything new about it?

Talk summary

Sheep scab is the most important ectoparasitic disease of sheep in the UK and it represents a significant threat to both animal welfare and farm economics. Recent improvements in the understanding and diagnosis of the disease have considerably broadened the tools available to combat sheep scab. At the same time, focus on biosecurity measures and available options for treatment should never be underestimated when dealing with outbreaks.

This talk covers:

  • An overview of the disease
  • Recent developments in disease testing
  • Option for control/prevention of the disease

Speaker:
Valentina Busin, Veterinary Clinician in Disease Investigation at Vet School at University of Glasgow

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

Using genomics in practice

Talk summary

The talk highlights some of the recent advances in the genetic and genomic analysis of health and fitness traits in cattle. We also discuss future developments and opportunities for vets and farmers.

Speaker:
Eileen Wall, Head of Research at SRUC

Online pig talks

An update on common conditions of pigs, their management and control

Talk summary

This talk addresses the main health issues of pigs, with approaches to diagnosis, management and control. The structure of the pig industry and current health initiatives will be discussed as well as guidance on pig welfare relating to changes in legislative requirements. The talk covers aspects for small holders as well as larger commercial farms, so there should be something for everyone! A question and answer discussion session is added to the entertainment.

Speaker:
Jill Thomson, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC

Online poultry talks

Treating the backyard chicken

Talk summary

With chickens being the sixth most popular pet in the UK and over 600,000 people now keeping domestic poultry it is no surprise that they are becoming ever more common place in the consult room. This talk aims to cover the common condition and the basis of diagnosis and treatment. Some time is spent on preventative medicine and husbandry. Basic post mortem technique is discussed, as well as notifiable diseases to be aware of.

Speaker: 
Barbara Watson, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC

Free talks

Watch our recorded free webinars on a wide range of farm animal topics.

Please go to the SRUC elearning platform and use your login details or create a new, free account. Then select the talk(s) you want to watch.

The newest free talks are:

  • Transitioning to 'future-fit' agricultural policy in Scotland - implications for beef and sheep sectors
  • Gross pathology in backyard poultry and Avian Influenza update
  • Histophilus somni septicaemia in cattle
  • Dynamic health planning
  • Sheep worms unhatched
  • Leading the fight against lungworm in cattle
  • Bovine abortion investigation
  • Neonatal calf losses investigation
  • Investigating sudden death in suckler calves at grass
  • Salmonellosis in SW Scotland – Dublin, Typhimurium and Mbandaka
  • Investigation of bovine respiratory disease – in the living and the dead!
  • Ruminant seasonal disease review 2020

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