Layer Conference in Co Cavan

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This week, in conjunction with Teagasc and the IFA, we were pleased to be co-hosting a new conference in Co Cavan. Primarily for layer producers, it aimed to address some of the key priorities in the industry, now and over the next decade.

Speaking ahead of the event, St David’s Ireland Director Liam Walsh said

We’re delighted to be supporting this event, that will bring together many of the industry’s producers and other key stakeholders. It will be an opportunity to explore and discuss topics that are not only important now but are relevant as we continue to strive for improvements in flock health, welfare and performance, long term. As a poultry practice, we see first-hand the benefits of working in partnership with producers, and others from across the industry to evolve flock management and develop proactive veterinary health plans. We’re looking forward to getting so many from the industry together in what we hope will be a more regular opportunity to share knowledge, experience and discuss the future direction of layer production.

As well as presentations from a number of organisations, there were a variety of organisations in the exhibition area, and plenty of time during the day to meet attendees. As we move towards the summer months, Dana Simpson presented on heat stress management in layers – including the important role humidity plays in determining the likelihood that birds will be impacted. She explained the measures that can be put in place to reduce the risk, behavioural changes to look out for and what to do if heat stress occurs. With temperatures rising, Dana also covered fly control on the layer site.

We welcomed St David’s UK Clinical Director, Richard Jackson, to join us at the conference to speak. As BVPA President, Richard Jackson has been working closely with the UK government regarding the AI outbreak. He shared his experience on the UK’s approach over the last eighteen months and what lessons have been learnt, that has influenced how best to manage this and any future outbreaks, going forwards. Lead Vet for Ireland, Aonghus Lane, addressed some of the key priorities for the industry, now and over the next decade.  We look forward to the next conference!

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