Leading cattle lameness expert returns to address farmers’ meetings

Roger Blowey will be talking in Coleraine and Portadown on Monday January 28th, courtesy of farmers meetings to be hosted jointly by Provita and Pfizer Animal Health

Roger Blowey will be talking in Coleraine and Portadown on Monday January 28th, courtesy of farmers meetings to be hosted jointly by Provita and Pfizer Animal Health

PROVITA and Pfizer Animal Health have joined forces to organise two farmers’ meetings, the key note speaker at each meeting will be leading veterinarian and cattle lameness expert Roger Blowey.

Both events are taking place on the same day – Monday January 28th: the venues are the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine (starting time 12.45pm) and the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown (starting time 7.45pm).

Each event will provide Roger, one of the most renowned dairy cattle lameness experts, with an opportunity to discuss at length the latest thinking on how the costly problem of lameness in dairy cattle can be both prevented and controlled.

Lameness is estimated to cost £9,900 per 100 dairy cows. In fact, it is one of the biggest problems within the industry.

Provita’s Tommy Armstrong has confirmed that each meeting will provide attending farmers and others with clear guidelines on how they can significantly reduce the scourge of lameness”

“The meetings represent a tremendous opportunity for local milk producers to hear the latest thinking on how lameness in dairy cattle can be controlled,” he added.

“Roger Blowey BSc, BVSc, FRCVS, FRAgS, Specialist in cattle Health and Production (Dairy) is recognised internationally as one of the world’s leading veterinary practitioners, operating in the field on lameness.

“His presentation will address the factors causing lameness in dairy cows, how these challenges can be addressed and how the problem of lameness can be actively tackled when it arises. He will also be highlighting the devastating new syndrome of non-healing hoof lesions.

“We had Roger over last year to do talks on cattle lameness in Antrim and Omagh and the meetings were well attended and very popular, so I’m delighted we have been able to get him over again to talk to farmers in the areas around Coleraine and Portadown. As this is a free to attend event I would encourage organisations to get groups of farmers together to attend the talk.”

With over 40 years’ experience in farm animal practice, research and farm talks Roger Blowey has a unique wealth of information on lameness. He was the first person to identify the presence of digital dermatitis in the UK, and has recently shown that Digital Dermatitis has now become involved in other conditions such as toe necrosis, sole ulcers and white line disease making them much more difficult to deal with.

There is a large amount of new information to be presented at these meetings, so we can guarantee that farmers’ attendance will be worthwhile.

Tommy Armstrong also pointed out that lameness problems reach a peak on local dairy farms at this time of the year.

“Cows will have been indoors at this stage for around three months. And it will be at least another three months before most herds see grass. As a consequence, lameness problems start to become very apparent at this stage in the winter,” he added.

“Sore feet and the accompanying discomfort will have a severe knock on effect in terms of milk yield and all other aspects of cow performance. So it is important that farmers take the required steps to address herd lameness problems and to reduce the ongoing level of lameness within their herds.”

The other speakers at each venue will be Provita’s Tommy Armstrong and a Pfizer’s Mark Little. Tommy will discuss the range of Provita products now available to help dairy farmers reduce lameness problems within their herds. This includes milking cows, dry cows and in calf heifers.

Tommy Armstrong concluded: “We will be providing light refreshments at each venue, plus room space is limited, so it is strongly recommended that farmers register their intention to attend by pre –booking. Contact Catherine (Provita) on FREEPHONE 0800 3284982. Alternatively book online by visiting www.provita.co.uk/events.”


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