AHDB Beef & Lamb is working with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) to deliver the Developing Sheep Expertise programme, offering continuous professional development (CPD) to consultants and advisers who want to expand their sheep knowledge.

The scheme has been launched following the success of the Developing Beef Expertise group, which has been running since December 2015.

The programme consists of five meetings which will be held from November 2016 and run through to November 2017. The events will cover breeding, health and fertility, feed and forage, selection for slaughter and business improvements.

Nerys Wright, AHDB knowledge exchange manager and one of the programme coordinators, said: “We want to build on the success of the beef expertise group and extend the programme to the sheep industry. The objectives are to ensure well-trained and experienced consultants and advisers continue to be available to the sheep industry.

“The Developing Sheep Expertise programme will produce a group of trained consultants and advisers that can be called upon to deliver at AHDB Beef & Lamb events and help develop written material.

“In addition, it is a great way of informing key people in the industry on the tools and technical information available from AHDB Beef & Lamb.”

Consultants, advisers, vets and industry representatives are encouraged to apply to join the group and it is open to people who aren’t members of BIAC.

Liz Genever said “The second meeting of the DSE group followed on quickly from the first meeting to avoid the busy lambing period.  The group went down to Mount Vets near Cullompton in Devon to take part in a post-mortem session run by Alasdair Winearls, which involved a discussion on how the members of groups, whether vets or consultants, use health data with their clients.  The group shared techniques during the practical session and identified a lamb that had died due to strangulation in an electric fence.

The group also heard the results from a recent AHDB Beef & Lamb funded project conducted by Emily Gascoigne of Synergy on encouraging producers to post-mortem young lambs to understand how losses can be reduced.  There was some discussion on the recent results from the producer-focussed post-mortem scheme based at a Fallen Stock Collection Centre in County Durham  plus the data from the new Sheep Health and Welfare Group report .

During the second day, there was a group discussion about how to engage clients with benchmarking. David Pett, AHDB’s regional benchmarking officer, discussed Stocktake Lite and Farmbench and how the group could engage with these tools with their clients.  There was a lot of discussion on how to get quality data from farms and how to get producers to recognise the value of the data and time needed to analyse it.

The final session was Pete Bone from Ruminant Mineral Consultancy answering the group’s questions on how to diagnose and treat mineral deficiencies.  He also discussed the various sources of minerals in diets and the care that is needed to avoid toxicities.

This meeting had a very positive feel about it and the group seem to be enjoying the opportunity to meet with other people who enjoying working with sheep producers.

The next meeting is on the 3rd and 4th of May and is based around Lancaster.  It will involve James Hadwin who attended the Developing Beef Expertise group and he will share how he works with his clients.  Lesley Stubbings will be taking the group through a body condition score workshop and will discuss the results from the sheep KPI project.  On the second day, Lesley will be working with the group on worm control strategies.

Developing sheep expertise members

 

 Name  Role  Contact details and area
 Caroline Abbott

Caroline Abbott

Vet  Email: moc.t1490864131evnog1490864131arap@1490864131ttobb1490864131a.eni1490864131lorac1490864131

Cumbria

 

Carroll Barber

Caroll Barber

Consultant  Email: ku.oc1490864131.snoi1490864131tulos1490864131serec1490864131@llor1490864131rac1490864131

Norfolk

Chantel Bryant

Chantal Bryant

 Vet  Email: ku.oc1490864131.redn1490864131oyeul1490864131b@99b1490864131mc1490864131

Derbyshire

 Steven Carragher

Steven Carragher

 Vet

 Email: ku.oc1490864131.stev1490864131airbm1490864131uhtro1490864131nla@r1490864131ehgar1490864131rac.n1490864131evets1490864131

Northumberland

James Patrick Crilly

James Patrick Crilly

 Vet  Email: ku.oc1490864131.liam1490864131toh@y1490864131llirc1490864131.pj1490864131

Somerset

 Rachel Forster

Rachel Forster

Vet  Email: ku.oc1490864131.stev1490864131tekra1490864131m@leh1490864131car1490864131

Devon

Emily Gascoigne

Emily Gascoigne

Vet

 Email: moc.h1490864131tlaeh1490864131mrafy1490864131greny1490864131s@eng1490864131iocsa1490864131g.yli1490864131me1490864131

Dorset

 Davinia Hinde

Davinia Hinde

Vet  Email: ku.oc1490864131.stev1490864131egdir1490864131bniab1490864131@aini1490864131vad1490864131

North Yorkshire

 Hannah Kenway

Hannah Kenway

Vet  Email: moc.l1490864131iamg@1490864131yawne1490864131khann1490864131ah1490864131

Isle of  Wight

 Rosie Miller

Rosie Miller

Advisor  Email: moc.n1490864131oitir1490864131tunwu1490864131ort@r1490864131ellim1490864131.eiso1490864131r1490864131

Derbyshire

 Phillipa Page

Phillipa Page

 Vet  Email: moc.l1490864131iamto1490864131h@dro1490864131lapil1490864131lihp1490864131

Gloucestershire

 

Benjamin Pullen

Benjamin Pullen

 Vet  Email: ku.oc1490864131.ooha1490864131y@40014908641312tev_1490864131cnd1490864131

Somerset

Kate Peissel

Kate Peissel

 Vet  Email: ku.oc1490864131.stev1490864131rabts1490864131ew@pe1490864131tak1490864131

Oxfordshire

 Dr Asif Rao

Dr Asif Rao

 Consultant  Email: ku.oc1490864131.sbma1490864131lytil1490864131auqor1490864131ue@fi1490864131sa1490864131

Shropshire

 Karen Wheeler

Karen Wheeler

 Consultant  Email: ku.oc1490864131.sada1490864131@rele1490864131ehw.n1490864131erak1490864131

Herefordshire

Shona Young

Shona Young

 Vet

 Email: ku.oc1490864131.stev1490864131mraft1490864131niopt1490864131sew@g1490864131nuoy.1490864131anohs1490864131

East Sussex