New Video Playlist: The future of the dairy industry

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The changing role of the farm vet

The dairy industry is driven more and more by technology and big data. Modern dairy farms have changed too and farms are becoming more business focused and consolidated. This will inevitably change the role of the veterinarian in the future.

To understand how the dairy industry, the role of the veterinarian and ultrasound on the farms will evolve, we interviewed experts who discussed how they feel the dairy industry will change in the coming years.

Industry leading contributors

David Black has a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production, and is currently studying for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Nottingham University. He leads 2 Innovate UK funded projects investigating aspects of advanced breeding in cattle under UK conditions.

David is MD of Paragon, and Managing Director (Farm) of XLVets, a company composed of 54 independent veterinary practices, all committed to the future of British agriculture and working together to deliver "Excellence in Practice". He represents the UK, is Treasurer of the World Association for Buiatrics, and is a non- executive director of the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS).

Paul Horwood has a diploma in Bovine Reproduction from the University of Liverpool, based in part on his work on synchronisation and Al in dairy cattle. Paul is the managing director of Westpoint, with 15 sites across, they supply veterinary care to some of the best dairy, beef and sheep farms in the UK.

He has published articles in the Vet Times, UK Vet and Cattle Practice, and is actively involved in farmer education. His particular interests are in cattle fertility and nutrition.

Owen Atkinson has a RCVS diploma in Cattle Health and Production, awarded only twenty times in twenty years and is an indication of high academic and professional standards. He was also awarded a clinical research grant by the British Cattle Veterinary Association in order to study the prevalence of and clinical indicators for SARA in UK dairy herds.

Owen is the founder and managing director of Dairy Veterinary Consultancy, specialising in knowledge transfer and health improvement to ultimately improve profits and sustainability.

Curt Nelson, DVM, MS with Goodhue Veterinary Clinic, PLLC, gives us an insight in to the American veterinary landscape which is quite different to the UK. One of the biggest challenges U.S vets are facing is around strict regulations on over-the-counter antibiotics, showing greater due-diligence when administering medication.

We were also grateful to be able to hear the opinions of two of our distributors who have been supporting our customers in Europe for many years. Both practising vets themselves, Pedro Meireles and Steven deNie share their experiences and share the direction in which they feel the industry is moving.

Data driven dairy farms

The playlist covers a number of topics, including big data, IVF, team-working and milk price. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, German, French and Chinese.

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