Union Hosting North East Livestock Panel

NFU Scotland are holding a discussion for all members on Thursday 2 November to cover a range of livestock keeping issues.

NFUS members are invited to join keynote speakers Peter Melens and Vivienne MacKinnon, Scottish Governments’ Animal Health team leaders, Nigel Miller from Livestock Health Scotland and Johnny Williams, Senior Procurement Officer with Farmstock (Scotland) Ltd.

Topics set to be discussed include TB, Sheep Scab, human behaviour and how this impacts upon animal welfare, projects which LHS are executing, and a review of 2017 trade and outlook for rest of season.

Charlie Adam, NFU Scotland Livestock Chairman, said: “With many North East members suffering lock-down during routine TB testing, which thankfully did not lead to positive cultures being grown, it seems prudent that we invite experts such as Peter Melens and Vivienne MacKinnon from APHA to meet members and discuss the testing regime.

“There have been so many inconclusive findings up here and members are becoming increasingly frustrated with the consequences of the TB testing regime. We are, of course, all aware that inconclusive results are a better outcome than finding real TB in our herds.

“Members will be better informed about the specificity and sensitivity constraints with TB skin tests and gamma interferon testing options after our roadshow. Vivienne will concentrate her presentation on sheep scab. Our members are very well aware of the devastating impact this notifiable disease can have on flocks. We need to help raise awareness, in order that our members can identify the early signals and symptoms and take action to prevent infestation spreading.”

Davie Winton, NFU Scotland North East Regional Chairman, commented: “This is a fantastic range of expert speakers who have a huge wealth of knowledge about the issues. We hope our members will take this opportunity to join us at the Kintore Arms on 2nd November, for what looks to be a very informative and enjoyable evening.”

Notes to the Editor

  • It is expected to be a packed event so registration will be essential. To register members should contact NFU Scotland on 0131 472 4000.


Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4108

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 159/17

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