Bimeda were pleased to host 2 Clinical Society Meetings in Kilkenny and Cork this week.
The meetings were led by Dr Elizabeth Berry MRCVS , an international expert on mastitis and the dry cow period. Bimeda Vet, Padraig Hyland, commented, ‘with farmers planning for the dry cow period and for increased numbers of cows in 2015 and beyond, the talks are very timely, as it is vital that we, as vets, can give farmers the most appropriate and up-to-date advice. Our talk with Dr Berry is a great opportunity for clinicians to get up to date with best practice from around the world’
The title of the talks is ‘Helping your clients plan for the dry cow period now and into the future” and the talks covered; trends in dry cow treatment internationally, selective dry cow treatment and mastitis control in heifers, and helping your farmer to plan his dry cow period treatment plan.
As the originator of the world’s first teat seal (Boviseal), Bimeda are passionate about herd-health and, particularly, about mastitis-prevention. Boviseal forms a physical bacteria-proof barrier within the cow’s teat and has been used by Ireland’s dairy farmers for over a decade, as a key part of their mastitis prevention strategies.
Elizabeth Berry qualified in 1986 from Liverpool, as a veterinary surgeon and worked in mixed practice. She started her PhD at IAH Compton and Warwick in 1998, on the impact of changing dry cow strategies. Following on from her PhD, she continued working in the applied research, mainly doing contract research work. She worked for the National Health service as a Research and Development Manager. She then moved to DairyCo which is the levy body for dairy farmers in Great Britain and managed the extension team. She is also National Mastitis Group (UK) Chairman and has published widely and speaks at many national and international events on mastitis control.