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Vet scoops Livestock Advisor of the Year Award
Julian Allen is a director of Friars Moor Livestock.

Julian Allen recognised for going the extra mile to support his clients. 

Veterinary surgeon Julian Allen has been named winner of the 2020 Farmers Weekly Livestock Advisor of the Year Award.

Julian, who is a director of Friars Moor Livestock Health, received the honour in recognition of his dedication, enthusiasm and for going above and beyond to support his clients.

During his 26 years at Friars Moor, Julian has made a considerable difference to the operations of livestock farmers, helping one large Dorset dairy farm reduce its antibiotic usage by two thirds over eight years. With a focus on dairy cow health, his interests include nutrition and benchmarking herd performance.

Commenting on his achievement, Julian said: "I was honoured to be named Livestock Adviser of the Year. This work is my passion – I love working together with farmers, getting involved in all aspects of herd management and thinking through different options to improve herd health and productivity."

Friars Moor forms part of the independent veterinary group, XLVets. Runners up for the award included veterinary surgeon Ed Hill, who also hails from XLVets, and Phil Baynes, managing director of Bayes Nutrition.

Alice Renner, farm marketing executive of XLVets, commented: "We were so pleased to hear of these awards going to such hard-working and deserving people. And it’s a great accolade for our members – reflecting how XLVets practices strive for clinical excellence and really get invested in the success of their clients.

“We see the collaborative strength of the community every day in the way knowledge is shared to achieve the best outcomes for everyone’s clients, it is fantastic to see this celebrated publicly within the farming community at large."

Image (C) XLVets.

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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2021 NOAH Compendium now available

The 2021 edition of the NOAH Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines has been published.

Published annually by NOAH, this book is sent to every veterinary practice in the UK for free. The 2021 edition includes an even larger range of products than previous years.

Chief executive Dawn Howard stated that NOAH will shortly be launching a survey for practices on the Compendiums effectiveness.

She added: "Our survey will give users of the Compendium the opportunity to say how they think we can improve it to assist them in prescribing veterinary medicines and advising animal keepers on their use. We look forward to getting your views."