A Flock Health Club is a veterinary-facilitated sheep farmer business group that allows farmers to access cost effective veterinary advice. Clubs have encouraged improved sheep farmer relationships with their vets who become more involved with those flocks. The clubs also provide a steady income to the practice via monthly club subscriptions.
MEETING RESOURCE PACKS
These resources packs, designed to help you run Flock Health Club meetings with your sheep clients, are available on a Pay as you Go basis (for use at a specific Flock Health Club).
Containing a Powerpoint Show, relevant documents, and a Meeting Preparation Guide, these packs (£96+VAT) can be ordered by e-mailing us on email@example.com.
Every vet who completes a short survey on Flock Health Clubs will be eligible to receive a free Meeting Resource Pack on ‘Coccidiosis - Risk Assessments & Targeted Control’. You do not have to be running a Flock Health Club currently.
Listening to these audio-enhanced presentations, will equip you to facilitate the meeting. Simply register for free at the World Veterinary Association website - click here, and then pay for your chosen topic (£45 each). For a limited time, the Meeting Briefing for ‘Coccidiosis - Risk Assessments & Targeted Control’ is available at a price of only £4.
MEETING RESOURCES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE -
• Introductory Meeting – Introducing farmers to the concept of a Flock Health Club
• Reducing lamb losses – #everylambcounts
• Coccidiosis – Risk assessment and targeted control
• Getting lambs off to the best start – Essentials at a six-week handling event
• Getting lambs to grow – #grassgrowth #wormcontrol
MEETING RESOURCES TO BE AVAILABLE SOON -
• Lambing time – Colostrum and watery mouth
• Can you afford to have lame sheep? - Causes, control & costs of lameness
• Minerals - Navigating the minefield between sufficiency & supplementation
• Don’t let the little beasties win - Liver fluke control
• What’s on the menu this winter? - Forage analysis, diet planning, best value options
CPD EVENTS - SUMMER 2017 - book here
Flock Health are now taking bookings for four CPD afternoons entitled ‘Invigorate your Flock Health Club’. Each includes a technical session ‘What does responsible use of antibiotics look like for sheep vets?’ and will be suitable for those already running a Flock Health Club as well as those thinking about setting one up – come along to be encouraged & find out what has worked well for others. All events will start with lunch at 12 noon and run to 5pm. Cost £97 (+VAT) or £87 (+VAT) to members of the Sheep Veterinary Society.
Tiverton – Thurs 29th June
Swindon – Mon 10th July
Penrith – Thurs 13th July
Caersws – Weds 16th August
Testimonials from some of the pilot Flock Health Clubs -
“I’m amazed at how much we have learnt tonight. I had no idea there was so much that I didn’t know” Shropshire sheep farmer
“The best thing from our Flock Health Club has been to see sheep farmers working together comparing their basic flock data and highlighting areas for improvement” Will Barker, Castle Veterinary Surgeons
“We’ve not had this many farmers to a dairy meeting before!” Charlie Lambert, LLM Farm Vets
“The enthusiasm of our sheep clients for a Flock Health Club was really inspiring to see. At the end of the year the members were unanimous in their wish to keep the group going” Dan Stevenson, LLM Farm Vets
With thanks to Bayer Animal Health for supporting the availability of the Coccidiosis - Risk Assessments & Targeted Control resources
References to Flock Health Clubs in veterinary and farming media - 1. The Veterinary Record 176 June 2015 pp 644-647. 2. Sheep Farmer Aug/Sept 2015 pp 30-31. 3. Veterinary Practice October 2015 page 36. Further relevant references to the concept of Flock Health Clubs as follows:
BELLET, C., WOODNUTT, J., GREEN, L. E. and KALER, J., 2015. Preventative services offered by veterinarians on sheep farms in England and Wales: Opinions and drivers for proactive flock health planning: Prev Vet Med Prev Vet Med. 122(4), 381-8
KALER J and GREEN LE, 2013. Sheep farmer opinions on the current and future role of veterinarians in flock health management on sheep farms: a qualitative study. Preventive veterinary medicine. 112(3-4), 370-7
With thanks to these organisations for their support of the 2016 events: