SAC has recently appointed Ian Pritchard as Manager of SAC Health
Schemes for cattle, sheep and goats.
Ian’s new role as Health Schemes Manager will involve the
management and promotion of the schemes throughout the UK. Ian
will be working with SAC’s vets who have considerable experience
in the control, eradication or accreditation of specific diseases
in flocks and herds.
Originally from the heart of Aberdeenshire, Ian was educated in
Huntly before attending the University of Aberdeen where he graduated
with a BSc Agriculture with Honours in Animal Science.
On graduating from Aberdeen, Ian joined the Meat & Livestock
Commission, spending over 30 years with the organisation before
moving on to MLC Signet Breeding Services. There, he was heavily
involved in the implementation and promotion of modern cattle breeding
techniques in the form of EBV’s throughout the UK. He also
gave consultancy advice to beef and sheep farmers, undertook benchmarking
on livestock farms and formed a number of close working relationships
with many of the breed societies and pedigree producers throughout
the UK. As a consequence, Ian is a well known figure at shows and
sales throughout the UK.
In June 2006 Ian joined SAC as Beef and Sheep Specialist in the
North of Scotland, where he gave advice directly to farmers and
through open meetings, beef and sheep groups and monitor farms.
Ian commented, “Pedigree breeders and commercial producers
will be well aware of the cost of disease outbreaks on their farms.
Many go on to join the health schemes operated by SAC, particularly
as increasing numbers of buyers continue to source stock from herds
with known health status.”
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