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Health Planning for the Beef Cow Herd


Date: 17 & 18 February 2021
Venue: SRUC Veterinary Services, Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh EH26 0PZ

Course Summary

The challenge for veterinary surgeons involved in herd health planning is to provide a service that improves and safeguards the productivity of their clients’ herds. To succeed, the process must be dynamic and interactive, but above all progressive to ensure that the herd health plan is a living document of continued relevance to the herd and not merely a box ticking exercise. To that end, this course will cover the production principles that govern profitability of the beef cow herd and focus on data collection and analysis. The interactive health plan programme as a tool for this will be explored.

Course Content

  • The factors that determine production efficiency in the beef cow herd
  • Generating production targets that are relevant for the individual client
  • An introduction to risk management and its application to health planning
  • The web-based health planning concept and how it will work for beef herds
  • Analysis of production data and problem solving
  • Preventive programmes for the infectious diseases that have greatest impact on productivity of the herd


This course may support those working towards their RCVS CertAVP. It is particularly applicable to B-PAP.2 Production animal practice.




Health Planning for the Beef Cow Herd

Price: £480.00 inc VAT (£400.00 net)

Early bird price of £480 available until 6th January 2021 (standard price - £530). Price includes refreshments and lunch, accommodation is not included.

Course Times

  • The course starts at 10.00am on Day One and will finish around 4.00pm on Day Two.


  • George Caldow BVM&S MSc Cert CHP Dip ECBHM MRCVS FRAgS, Head of SRUC Veterinary Services
  • Tim Geraghty BVMS MVM DipECBHM MRCVS
    SRUC Veterinary Services
  • Karen Stewart BSc (Hons)
    SAC Consulting
  • Prof George Gunn, Head of Veterinary Epidemiology
    SRUC Veterinary Epidemiology



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