British Pig &
Poultry Fair

15-16 May 2018
Stoneleigh
Warwickshire

British Pig & Poultry Fair

15-16 May 2018
Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

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Final guests confirmed for Drop-In Antibiotics Clinic at 2018 Pig & Poultry Fair

The final line-up of guests visiting RUMA’s ‘drop-in antibiotics clinic’ over the two days of the Pig and Poultry Fair (15-16 May at Stoneleigh) has been confirmed.

A dozen specialists across the pig, gamebird and poultry sectors will be spending between one and two hours each manning the ‘clinic’, which is located on the RASE stand (stand 290). They will be on hand to answer questions about responsible use of antibiotics and how vets and producers can reduce, refine or replace use.

Appearing both days are poultry vets Isy Manning from Poultry Health Services, and Christian Blake-Dyke from Hipra. Aaron Patel, head of public affairs from the British Egg Industry Council will also have slots both days, with technical director of the British Poultry Council Maire Burnett doing a stint on day one and Thomas Wornham, chair of the NFU Poultry Board, on day two.

For the pig sector, the National Pig Association’s (NPA’s) senior adviser Dr Georgina Crayford will have a spell on the stand on both days. The NPA’s president Richard Lister and Martin Smith, lead veterinary surgeon for British Quality Pigs/Tulip, will both be present on the first day, with Pig Veterinary Society senior vice president Mark White on the second.

Other specialists with wider remits will pop on to the stand at various times too. AHDB Pork’s veterinary lead Dr Mandy Nevel, who also heads up AHDB’s antibiotic resistance working group, and Professor Mark Fielder of Kingston University, current president of the Society for Microbiology, will both be on the stand on the second day.

Charlotte Wardle from Red Tractor will be present both days as well to help explain the new Red Tractor rules, and RUMA’s chair Gwyn Jones is manning the stand at lunchtime on the opening day.

Dr Crayford from NPA says: “One of the biggest tasks facing the pig sector over the next couple of years will be in reducing the burden of endemic disease, including PRRS and Streptococcus suis, in order to further reduce reliance on antimicrobials.

“Whilst this will be no mean feat, the increased collaboration between farmers and vets that will be necessary to achieve this, plus the innovations in pig health products that will arise, provide excellent opportunities to improve the health of the national pig herd.”

Red Tractor’s Charlotte Wardle adds: “Over the past 12 months, Red Tractor has taken significant steps to strengthen farm standards and ensure they are fit for purpose. Going forward, our biggest challenge is in ensuring that these standards are met 365 days of the year – hence the RUMA stand provides a great opportunity to talk to producers about protecting the integrity of the Red Tractor logo.”

Chair of RUMA, Gwyn Jones, says all livestock sectors have set themselves big challenges for antibiotic reduction/refinement and replacement over the next three years.

“While some are further ahead than others in terms of reductions, maintaining lower levels of antibiotic use can be just as hard as reducing in the first place, and that’s why events like the Pig and Poultry Fair offer a unique chance to air issues and share problems as well as successes,” he says.

“We hope people will feel they can pop on to the stand and chat with whichever expert is there at the time.”

For a full schedule of guests, please click here or visit www.ruma.org.uk/news.

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

The full guest list is:

15th Time Title Organisation Other roles Sector Topic
Isy Manning 1000-1100 Veterinary Surgeon, specialising in poultry and game birds Poultry Health Services Poultry

Game

Achieving reductions/refinements on gamebird, poultry meat and laying farms – issues, opportunities and areas of focus
Máire Burnett 1030-1145 Technical Director British Poultry Council Poultry meat UK poultry meat sector – achievements and next steps
Georgina Crayford 1100-1230 Senior Adviser National Pig Association Nuffield Scholar studying Antibiotic use in UK pigs Pigs UK pig sector – challenges and opportunities to reduce and refine use. Engaging farmers with antibiotic stewardship; activity within the pig sector aimed at helping farmers improve pig health and reduce their antibiotic use.
Christian Blake-Dyke 1145-1300 Veterinary Surgeon, specialising in poultry and game birds Hipra RUMA Targets Task Force member for Gamebird sector Poultry

Game

Identifying and developing antibiotic targets in the game bird sector
Achieving reductions/ refinements on gamebird, poultry meat and laying farms – issues, opportunities and areas of focus
Charlotte Wardle 1200-1300 Scheme Member Manager Red Tractor All New Red Tractor rules and how they’re being implemented
Gwyn Jones 1230-1400 Chair RUMA All RUMA’s work and the UK agriculture’s role in the antibiotics debate
Martin Smith 1300-1415 Lead Veterinary Surgeon British Quality Pigs/Tulip RUMA Independent Scientific Group member Pigs UK pig sector – innovations challenges and opportunities to reduce and refine use, including what’s happening in other countries
Aaron Patel 1400-1515 Head of Public Affairs British Egg Industry Council Layers UK laying hen sector – identifying targets, plus achievements, recent developments and further opportunities
Richard Lister 1500-1615 Chairman National Pig Association Yorkshire Pig Producer &
RUMA Targets Task Force member Pig sector
Pigs UK pig sector – identifying and setting targets, the practical challenges and personal experiences
16th
Charlotte Wardle 1200-1300 Scheme Member Manager Red Tractor As for 15th As for 15th
Mandy Nevel 1000-1115 Lead Veterinary Surgeon AHDB Pork Lead for AHDB’s Antibiotic Resistance Group Pigs / All Challenges and opportunities for the pig sector. Delivering change through research & knowledge exchange – where are the gaps?
Isy Manning 1100-1200 Veterinary Surgeon Poultry Health Services Poultry Game As for 15th
Mark White 1130-1300 Senior Vice President Pig Veterinary Society RUMA Targets Task Force member for the Pig sector Pigs UK pig sector – identifying and setting targets, the practical challenges and personal experiences
Mark Fielder 1230-1345 Professor of Medical Microbiology Kingston University President, Society for Applied Microbiology
RUMA Independent Scientific Group member
All The microbiology of resistance
How can diagnostics change the game?
Thomas Wornham 1300-1430 Chair of the NFU Poultry Board NFU Herts Broiler Farmer
RUMA Targets Task Force member for Poultry Meat sector
Poultry meat UK poultry meat sector – achievements and next steps
Christian Blake-Dyke 1400-1530 Veterinary Surgeon, specialising in poultry and game birds Hipra   Poultry

Game

As for 15th
Georgina Crayford 1500-1615 Senior Adviser National Pig Association   Pigs As for 15th
Aaron Patel 1530-1630 Head of Public Affairs British Egg Industry Council Layers As for 15th