Respected vet experts for Holycross Herd Talks

Two highly accomplished veterinarians in the field of IBR control, Ms Riona Sayers VS and Mr Rennie Gresham VS will be speak to farmers on IBR at the first Holycross Herd Health event in the John Doyle centre , on Wednesday August 28th.

Two highly accomplished veterinarians in the field of IBR control, Ms Riona Sayers VS and Mr Rennie Gresham VS will be speak to farmers on IBR at the first Holycross Herd Health event in the John Doyle centre , on Wednesday August 28th.

Ms Riona Sayers currently works for Moorepark as Herd Health Research Officer, and is a graduate in both biochemistry and veterinary medicine. Ms Sayers has a distinguished track record in veterinary diagnostics and animal health research and has extensive experience in dealing with IBR.

Originally from a dry stock farm outside Tralee, she qualified with an honours degree in biochemistry from UCC in 1993 and took up a position in veterinary diagnostics with Enfer Scientific. One of her achievements with Enfer was her role as joint developer of the world’s first rapid BSE test — the Enfer TSE Assay.

She completed a master’s degree on prion biology in UCD in 1998 and shortly afterwards graduated with a diploma in project management. In 2002, she returned again to education and qualified with a degree in veterinary medicine from UCD in 2007. While combining veterinary studies with her job in Enfer, she was also awarded both the Centenary and Freeman Memorial medals for being the top student over the five years of the veterinary degree course. Following a period working in a large animal veterinary practice, she joined Teagasc Moorepark in 2008 and, for the past number of years, has conducted leading research on infectious diseases in dairy herds. Riona is also a member of the Animal Health Ireland working group on IBR and believes “ the establishment of AHI to be one of the most significant recent developments in Irish veterinary herd health. It’s contribution to the Irish agricultural industry has and will be invaluable in terms of standardisation of information and co-ordination of herd health stakeholders in achieving a higher health status for the national herd”.

Mr Rennie Gresham is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He spent almost 30 years as a large animal veterinary surgeon, which included working with the MAFF on Foot and Mouth disease control. He then joined the team of veterinary pharmaceutical company, Hipra UK, where he has responsibility for bovine disease vaccines throughout the UK and Europe. Along with a wealth of experience from practice,

On the night Mr Gresham will describe new and improved European approaches devised to combat and control the spread of IBR, and he will also discuss a newly developed IBR diagnostic test called Seromilk for on-farm use. Each attendee at the farmer talk in Holycross on the 28th will receive a Seromilk test which, in conjunction with their veterinary clinic, can be used to detect and monitor the presence of IBR on their farms.