Winter worries are the main focus of our latest edition from the Pig Practice.
Over 160 farmers and allied industry attended our two fairs making it the best yet.
Alex has done it. The last DPM (Diploma in Pig Medicine) was awarded in 1996 and there are only 12 DPM holders on the RCVS register.
Are you a pig smallholder or do you own pet pigs?
April's edition of TALKSHOP looks at the impact of respiratory disease in pigs.
Dr Laura Hancox - BVetMed MRCVS presents the great work of the British Pig Health Scheme.
All the feedback suggests that it was our best event yet.
1990 - The year that Fran joined the The George Veterinary Group. Congratulations on 25 years Fran.
This month we look at the return of an old problem.
Our annual Pig Fair dates are in Wincanton on Tues 6th October and Exeter on Weds 7th October.
At the end of April Richard, Laura and Annie attended the 7th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM). This was a conference for pig vets, scientists and allied industries from across Europe.
Antibiotics, Wild Boar, Biosecurity and Pain Relief - all covered in this latest post.
We're strengthening our team with youth and experience.
The National Pig Awards is designed to promote and reward excellence throughout the entirety of our industry. The George Pig Practice has been shortlisted in a category that recognises those who contribute so much to the sector.
You can make a difference...read on
Dates for the Pig Fair have just been announced. We are returning to our previous venues at Wincanton Racecourse and Exeter Sandy Park on the 7th and 8th of October respectively.
We would like to congratulate Annie Davis (Associate partner, George Pig Practice) in succeeding Grace Webster as President of the UK Pig Veterinary Society. Annie accepted the chain of office at the recent Pig Veterinary Society Spring meeting.
Training in correct euthanasia techniques is now a compulsory requirement for Red Tractor Farm Assurance for all those carrying out euthanasia on farm.
This edition from the practice covers the important issue of euthanasia techniques and casualty pig management.
A few changes to make you aware of for January, and a summary of the October Pig Fair event.
Due to the way the holidays fall this year, please see our latest order times to guarantee deliveries.
We have a new opening within the Pig Practice team, with the opportunity for either part-time or full-time available. Full training will be given.
We'd like to introduce you to Laura Hancox who joined the team in October 2013. She qualified at the Royal Veterinary College in 2009. Since graduating she has also completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham, focusing on managing gut health of the young pig.
Congratulations to Ciara on successfully completing her post grad certificate Intensive Livestock Production. The achievement is notable too for the fact that so few recent graduates complete the certificate as early in their career. Well done Ciara from all of us.
We also look forward to welcoming Laura Hancox into the Pig Team from 14th October to build on our existing skill base. Laura has recently completed her PhD at Nottingham University and will be out meeting you all, starting with next week's Pig Fair. Please give Laura the usual warm welcome.
Pete Bown is retiring to pastures new after 45 years of dedicated service to The George Veterinary Group and in particular, The George Pig Practice!
The May edition of Talk Shop covers Erysipelas, Mycotoxins and Heat Stress as well as concerns over the future of the BPHS.
It is inevitable that on every pig farm some animals will become sick or injured and have to be treated as "casualties". The treatment of a casualty pig is in the hands' of the producer and they should be influenced by animal welfare and public health considerations, and not by economics. The pig's welfare should always be the first consideration. This opinion is the official policy of the Pig Veterinary Society.
This document details the changes RT is making to Farm Assurance.
This will be the last opportunity for producers to make their views on Welfare Outcomes heard by the NPA, BPEX and Red Tractor before its implementation on 1st April and I would strongly recommend that all producers attend.
Please click here to view the full document.