Industry To Focus On Being The Best For Health & Welfare

Friday, 3 August 2018

Becoming the best sheep industry for health and welfare is the focus of the Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) conference this November.

Farmers, vets, processors, retailers and academics from across the sheep industry are welcome at the one-day conference on 21 November 2018 at Drayton Manor, Staffordshire, to hear the latest developments in sheep health and welfare.

SHAWG chairman, Charles Sercombe will start the day by giving his vision for the sheep industry including Brexit and Defra policy. Charles said: “This year’s conference will showcase the hard work of both industry and academics in our quest to become the best sheep industry in the world for health and welfare. 

“There are exciting and challenging times ahead for the sheep industry and with Brexit, never has there been more opportunity to have a say on its future. I hope attendees will pick up inspiration and new ideas to help them stay competitive.”

The day will include three sessions, the first of which will focus on ensuring responsible medicine use. Guest speaker Fiona Lovatt will review the progress made a year on from the RUMA report on antimicrobial use, discussing industry data and the next steps. With the future in mind, Lesley Stubbings will discuss where the industry needs to get to when it comes to sheep scab control, providing updates on current activity.

The second session will look at the priority areas for the sheep industry and in the afternoon there will be an interactive problem solving session to discuss issues such as disease surveillance and the use of technology. 

To book your place on the SHAWG conference, please register at

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring the event, please visit to complete the online form.