Practical veterinary issues to the agenda

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Practical veterinary issues was the topic discussed at the October meeting of the Armagh NW group.

Mr John Henderson, MRCVS, BVM&S, a partner of the Orchard Veterinary Centre, Loughgall Road, Armagh spoke on the signs, causes and treatments for Pneumonia, lungworm, BVD and Johnes diseases in cattle.

John also shared his experience working as a vet in South-West Scotland during the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak. The speed which this disease spread at was phenomenal and the coordinated response of all the agencies involved in the control of the virus was carried out with excellent efficiency.

In November, Dr Conrad Ferris and Dr Francis Lively from AFBINI, Hillsborough delivered comprehensive presentations on the winter feeding of Dairy, Suckler and beef cattle to obtain greater efficiencies. Also in November Mr Barry Chambers, J.Thompson and Son representative judged the annual group silage competition.

Overall Dairy class winner was Brian Megarity, Markethill Road, Collone and Neill Dillon, Drumart House, Cooly Hill, Tandragee won the Beef and Sheep class.

A number of members attended a Safe Working in Agriculture workshop in the Armagh City Hotel in conjunction with NFU Mutual Risk Management Services LTD with all attendees achieving a Level 2 VQ in this very important topic. The Group Managers plan to facilitate further courses of this nature in 2015.

The chairman, office holders, group managers and office staff would like to wish all members and customers a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.