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Health Planning for the Beef Herd

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Price: £410

Corstorphine Road


EH12 6UA

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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

Course Times

  • The course starts at 10am on Day One and will finish around 4pm on Day Two


  • George Caldow, BVM&S MSc Cert CHP Dip ECBHM MRCVS

SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services, St Boswells

  • Rhidian Jones, HND, BSc (Hons)

SAC Consulting: Farm & Rural Business Services

  • Prof George Gunn, Head of Veterinary Epidemiology, SRUC Inverness


  • £410

Price includes refreshments and lunch, accommodation is not included.

“Thank you for all your efforts regarding the beef health planning course last week, it was excellent and I have come back to work fully inspired.”

“Thought the course last week was excellent – one of the best I’ve been on.”

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