2014-09-08   facebooktwitterrss

CIS Appoints Independent Vet Adviser

Cattle Information Services (CIS), the health testing subsidiary of Holstein UK, is delighted to be working with leading vet Andy Biggs as CIS’ independent vet adviser.

Mr Biggs, a leading authority on cattle health and welfare, will be working closely with CIS to develop improved methods of presentation and delivery for health testing results for a number of key diseases, explained CIS’ Product Services Executive Suzanne Harding.

Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs

“Andy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role and has throughout his career played a key role in broadening the understanding of a number of key diseases both in the UK and overseas.

“His expertise in the key cattle diseases, such as Johne’s, BVD, IBR and Leptospirosis, coupled with his proactive approach to farmer education make him the ideal partner for CIS,” she added.

A practising vet at The Vale Veterinary Group, Tiverton, Devon, and widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading mastitis experts, Mr Biggs has in recent years expanded his working remit to include a number of overseas consultancy roles in both China and New Zealand.

“This has given me an unparalleled insight in to the global dairy industry and given me even greater understanding of disease control in different countries,” explained Mr Biggs.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with CIS and using my experience in both of these countries and other locations around the world to help UK farmers maximise their herd’s productivity and profitability through improved health, fertility and welfare.”

Mr Biggs is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine he has written and lectured extensively and in 2009 produced his own textbook on "Mastitis in Cattle".

Ms Harding said the CIS team was looking forward to working with Mr Biggs to deliver an improved and innovative range of services to farmers over the coming months. “Cattle health is one of the greatest ongoing challenges facing dairy farmers and the relationship between improved health and improved profitability is well recognized,” she added.


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