XLVets has been presented with the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) Prince Philip Award Certificate of Merit by His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace.

The honour was made to the group for research and development in the field of dairy farming at the Livestock Event 2014.

Stuart Gough of Calweton Veterinary Group, a member practice of XLVets, said: “We feel honoured and privileged to win this award for our exhibit featuring “Make your Farm your Fortress”, a campaign designed to put biosecurity at the top of farmers’ to-do lists.”

“The exhibit demonstrated in detail the campaign’s first aspect – BVD, which is present in more than 80% of both dairy and beef herds.

“It triggers general immunosuppression and, while animals can be symptom-free, it has a profound impact on health and productivity.

“White BVD check ear tags can be applied to individual animals, harvesting tissue for virus testing.

“All those animals testing negative are introduced to a central database, a facility that can be accessed by farmers, auctioneers and processors alike.”

The overall RABDF Prince Philip Award for the most practical, relevant and best technical exhibit at the event went to leading agriculture company Genus ABS.

RABDF president David Leaver said: “The RABDF Prince Philip Award is for innovations in the field of dairy farming and the industry benefits greatly from such R&D by supply companies like Genus ABS and XLVets.

“The new products developed by these companies clearly have the potential to increase the productivity of dairy farming in the UK and to improve our competitiveness in the global marketplace.”
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