World Buiatrics Congress 2016 (WBC 2016) Contact WBC 2016
The World’s Premier Cattle Health Congress
July 3rd - 8th 2016 Dublin, Ireland

Small Ruminants, by Peter Mullowney

Sheep and Goats are an Integral part of the WBC 2016 Scientific Programme


While most of the images you’ll see on all the websites and marketing material related to the 2016 World Buiatrics Congress (WBC) will be of cattle, there is a superb educational programme around the area of small ruminants.

In Ireland alone, there are 3.6 million sheep and they are an important part of our agricultural output. Goat numbers are lower but there is an increasing interest in goat cheese production. There are a total of 1,014 goat herds in the country with an average of fifteen goats per herd. There are only a few hundred alpacas in the country but there appears to be a growing interest.

Research in sheep and goats in Ireland has been carried out recently by University College Dublin; University of Limerick; National University of Ireland, Galway; Teagasc Institutes at Grange, Athenry, Moorepark and Ashtown; Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Veterinary Laboratories and Sheep Ireland, Bandon, Co. Cork.

Research has been carried out in Northern Ireland by Veterinary Sciences Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute ; Veterinary Service, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland; Queens University Belfast; University of Ulster, Coleraine and School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey.

We are delighted that Professor Neil Sargison has agreed to be the keynote speaker for Small Ruminants. He works at the University of Edinburgh and has a specialist interest in the subject of sheep health and production, originating from a period when he kept a flock of about 200 ewes while working as a farm animal practitioner in his native north-east of Scotland.

Nial Sargison, Keynote Speaker at WBC 2016

Nial Sargison, Keynote Speaker at WBC 2016

His scientific publications include descriptions of many production limiting diseases of cattle and sheep. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. His textbook, ‘sheep flock health – a planned approach’ outlines his practical and rational approach to the diagnosis and management of sheep diseases.

Neil Sargison’s principal research interest is ruminant parasitology and he has published widely in this field. He was awarded a PhD in 2010 for studies of anthelmintic resistance in sheep nematode parasites.

Current research projects include population genetic studies of nematode parasites, management of fasciolosis in and control of sheep scab. He has informed policy and delivered farm animal veterinary continuing professional education on these topics, both in the UK and internationally.

You can find a list of his publications here

Several other keynote speakers have carried out research in to sheep, goat and camelid diseases and presentations on sheep and goats have been made under several other themes in the past including Animal Production & Economics, Animal Welfare, Emergent Diseases, Environmental Impact and Sustainability, Epidemiological Surveillance, Genetics and Breeding, Imagenology, Immunology and Vaccines, Infectious Disease Bacterial, Infectious Disease Viral, Lameness, Mastitis, Medicine and Surgery, Metabolic Disorders, Nutrition, Parasitism I: Endoparasitism, Parasitism II: Ecto & Hemoparasitism, Preventive Medicine Programs, Quality Products and Food safety, Reproductive Performance & Disorders and Toxicology.

If you would like to become a part of the WBC 2016 Scientific Programme, please submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation here.