Numerous issues around animal health in the County will be discussed at the NFU Cymru Pembrokeshire County Conference this month.

Dr Richard Irvine, Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales will be the guest speaker at the annual NFU Cymru Pembrokeshire County Conference on Tuesday, January 16.

At the meeting, which will be held at Wolfscastle Country Hotel, Wolfscastle, Treffgarne, SA62 5LZ, members will hear from the Chief Vet, who was appointed to the role in December 2022.

Dr Irvine joined Welsh Government from the role as UK Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer and policy Deputy Director for Global Animal Health in Defra.

He is an experienced veterinarian with a background in animal health and welfare and trade policy as well as infectious disease science and state veterinary medicine.

He has held numerous roles leading animal health surveillance and science programmes at the Animal and Plant Health Agency, as well as time spent in clinical mixed veterinary practice in South Wales.

NFU Cymru Deputy President Abi Reader will also provide members with an update on the work of the union.

Hot beef rolls will be served from 7pm with the meeting beginning at 7.30pm.

Simon Davies, NFU Cymru Pembrokeshire County Chairman, said: “I’d like to thank Dr Richard Irvine for agreeing to come along and speak with us at our annual county conference.

“There are numerous issues around animal health that we are all aware of in Pembrokeshire, not least the blight of bovine TB on our herds, so I am sure Dr Irvine will have some great insights in to the disease and will tell us more about reaching the long-term vision of eradicating TB in Wales.

“Everyone is welcome so please do come along for what I am sure will be a fantastic evening.”