Hello and a very warm welcome to the Livestock Farming blog. This is a space for the UK livestock farming community to keep up to date with industry news, trends and insights. On the blog, we will discuss a variety of topics concerning the livestock farming industry, such as animal health and welfare, and current topics and issues that may be of interest to livestock farmers and those working within the industry.
You can also keep up to date with the latest goings-on by following our Twitter accounts;
Beef - @beef_farmers
Dairy - @dairy_farmers
Sheep - @sheep_farmers
On our Twitter pages you’ll be able to get involved with discussions and conversations, and let us know your thoughts on recent developments. Stay connected and join a community of livestock farmers from all over the UK.
We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead, with plenty of interesting and insightful blogs for the 2016 farming calendar. Our blogs will be brought to you by National Vet Managers at Zoetis, Carolyn Hogan, Dave Armstrong and Judith Roberts, along with guest blogs from friends’ of Zoetis.
Meet the team
Carolyn Hogan BVetMed MRCVS qualified from the RVC in 1995, and following time in mixed veterinary practice in Gloucestershire joined Zoetis (previously known as Pfizer Animal Health) in 2000 as a field based veterinary adviser.
In 2003 Carolyn became National Veterinary Manager focusing on young stock health, respiratory and infectious disease, and emerging diseases within the cattle sector. During this time she has sat on various committees including the British Cattle Veterinary Association Council, the NBA health committee, and the DEFRA farm health planning sub-committee (beef), and continues to be actively involved in various industry bodies.
Although now based ‘down south’ Carolyn still considers herself a true Yorkshire lass, and wishes she could be on the side of a hill in the Dales somewhere with her bonkers black labrador!
Dave Armstrong BVM&S CertSHP MRCVS is an RCVS advanced practitioner in Sheep Health and Production. He qualified from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 2004, working mainly as a production animal veterinary surgeon, until joining Zoetis (previously known as Pfizer Animal Health) in 2010 as an Area Veterinary Manager. In 2015 Dave joined the Zoetis National Veterinary Manager team.
Dave’s areas of interest are the health and production of sheep and the sustainable control of parasites in farm animals. He is the chair of the NOAH anti-parasitics committee and sits on various national cross industry bodies including the sustainable control of parasites in sheep (SCOPS) board.
Dave is from a farming background and still manages his own flock of pedigree Texel and commercial mule sheep on the Welsh-Shropshire border.
Judith Roberts BVM&S CertCHP PhD MRCVS is an RCVS advanced practitioner is Cattle Health and Production. She qualified from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 2003, working in predominantly large animal practice for almost 10 years until joining Zoetis (previously known as Pfizer Animal Health) in 2012 as the National Veterinary Manager responsible for the dairy cow portfolio of products.
Jude’s areas of interest are the health and production of cattle, mastitis and udder health and cattle fertility. She has contributed to research on mastitis, lameness and cattle surgery. Jude has just finished her 3 year term on the British Cattle Veterinary Association Board of Directors but continues to be actively involved in many industry bodies and committees as well as doing consultancy work for some practices.
Jude comes from a small farming village in Lancashire and in her spare time is often found walking her dogs on the side of a hill somewhere “up north”.
What’s more, if you have any burning questions you need answered, or need an expert to shine a light on a specific topic, we’re here to help. Tweet us your questions and we’ll try to give you the answers. We might even write a blog about it!
For further information please contact your veterinary surgeon or Zoetis UK Ltd, Walton Oaks, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7NS www.zoetis.co.uk. Customer support: 0845 300 8034. Use medicines responsibly (www.noah.co.uk/responsible).