An introduction into sheep and goat milking
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An introduction into sheep and goat milking

Starting with a basic introduction into the sheep and goat dairy industries participants will then be led through common diseases encountered in these two industries. Further detail will also be provided about artificial breeding and the ever important udder health, mastitis and milk quality.

 Export to Your Calendar 2/10/2017 to 24/12/2017
When: 2 October - 24 December 2017
Where: Online VetScholar Course
Online
New Zealand
Presenter: Mick Clews and Vicki McLean
Contact: Hannah Schrader
+64 4 495 1140


Online registration is available until: 11/12/2017
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*Please note the prices for this course have been updated since the April VetLearn Update magazine went out.

About this course

  • Do you see a place for you in the forecasted $1 billion sheep milking industry?
  • Have you noted dairy farms converting to the high value goat milk production?
  • Do you have the knowledge to answer basic questions from farmers?

Starting with a basic introduction into the sheep and goat dairy industries participants will then be led through common diseases encountered in these two industries. Lamb and kid rearing will be covered along with animal housing, nutrition and the cut and carry system. Further detail will also be provided about artificial breeding and the ever important udder health, mastitis and milk quality.


Who should do this course?

This online VetScholar course is for any dairy veterinarians or mixed animal practitioners. It may also appeal to those who want to be involved in the dairy goat and emerging dairy sheep industries.


Topics

Module 1 (2 October - 5 November 2017):
Topic 1:
Introduction to the dairy sheep and goat industries
Topic 2:
Housing, grazing and cut and carry systems
Topic 3:
Lamb and kid rearing

Module 2 (13 November - 24 December 2017):
Topic 2: Diseases of milking sheep and goats
Topic 2: Artificial reproduction in small ruminants
Topic 3: Mastitis, udder health and milk quality


Learning outcomes

You will come away with a basic understanding of the sheep industry, learn about the common diseases and management considerations in dairy goat farming, and have the basic knowledge to help dairy sheep and goat farmers.


Format

Participants can choose to do either one of the two six week modules or both.
Each module comprises of three topics where there will be provided notes (per topic), an assessment quiz and a discussion forum.

We aim to provide one to two hours of course work per week so participants can expect to spend up to 12 hours per module.

VetScholar courses are not run at set times during the day so it allows the participants to complete it around their work and family commitments.

As with all VetScholar resources, the notes are provided in electronic format. Participants have access to the course material for up to one year from the start of the course and are welcome to download the material for their personal use in future.


Benefits

  • Gain a basic understanding of the sheep industry
  • Learn about common disease and management considerations in modern dairy goat farming
  • Gain the base knowledge needed to know where to start when it comes to helping dairy sheep and goat farmers
  • Get involved with a network of veterinarians with similar interests in the dairy sheep and goat industries.       

Tutors

Mick Clews BVSc, Vetora Reoproa, Owner Manager of Milk Baa Farms Ltd
Mick has worked in the dairy industry both as a farmer and veterinarian for over 25 years. After selling his own farm in Australia and moving to New Zealand four years ago, Mick has taken a particular interest in the developing dairy sheep industry. He has milked a small number of sheep for the past three seasons, completed a study tour of the UK and is currently building a flock with the intention of large scale sheep milk production in the near future. 

Vicki McLean DVM, MPVM, PhD, MANCVS, Farm Liaison Manager at Dairy Goat Coop NZ Ltd
Vicki obtained her veterinary degree and masters in epidemiology and population medicine from the University of California Davis. She lectured in dairy cattle medicine at Massey University from 1994-1999 while undertaking a PhD in dairy cattle mastitis. Vicki has been a pig farmer with 200 breeding sows for eight years, in private practice for nine years and has 30 years experience with dairy, meat and fibre goats. At present, she is the only New Zealand veterinarian with a membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Sciences in Goat Medicine and Management. Vicky is currently the veterinarian/on-farm liaison manager for the Dairy Goat Coop NZ Ltd.


CPD points

Activities in this course can be recorded under either continuing veterinary education or collegial learning activity.


Pricing Information

*Please note the prices for this course have been updated since the April VetLearn Update magazine went out.

NZVA member
1 module: $500
2 modules: $867

NZVA non-member
1 module: $750
2 modules: $1,300

*Prices are inclusive of 15% NZ GST.


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