Enthusiastic young vets from Somerset and Wales made the most of a cattle reproduction training day in Somerset.

Shepton Veterinary Group director Paddy Gordon.

The event, held at Charlton House in Shepton Mallet, was part of Ceva Animal Health’s new reprodAction Young Vet Initiative.

Twenty-four delegates took part in the training, which was led by Shepton Veterinary Group director Paddy Gordon, who has experience of dealing with routine fertility in herds from 100 to 1,000 cows.

The focus for the day was how to engage with farmers more effectively on the subject of fertility in the dairy herd.

Delegates enjoyed interactive workshops and discussion groups as well as role play to better understand the client perspective.

Mr Gordon said: “When vets talk to farmers about fertility we often make it too complicated because we know the subject inside out.

“The intention of the training was to demonstrate how we can communicate in a more straightforward way to explain why better fertility means better milk production.

“The goal is to help deliver the number of serves the farmer needs to achieve the required number of pregnancies to consistently replenish the herd with fresh calvers.

“This can be achieved with the technical skills and know-how of vets, coupled with Ceva’s fertility products and synchronisation regimes.”

The reprodAction Young Vet Initiative is open to recently qualified vets who are keen to improve their knowledge of cattle reproduction and who work for practices interested in growing their business by improving cattle reproduction on farms.

The scheme includes Ceva-sponsored cattle fertility courses and support for dissertation programmes. Potential candidates for the reprodAction

Young Vet Initiative programme can apply via their Ceva territory manager. For further information telephone Ceva Animal Health’s technical team on 01494 781510.

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