Three Hills Native Dr. Kathy Parker, Attending Veterinarian at Valley Vet Clinic, was busy last week in Ontario as the featured speaker for the Goat and Sheep Days during the Grey Burke Farmers' Week.

Parker was chosen to speak at this event because of her extensive knowledge and experience in the field.

"It falls on the heels of my recognition with the Merck Veterinary Award to support producers and empower producers. That is what I am all about, to teach them so that they can help themselves. If they need the veterinarians, then we are here for them but to try and empower producers with knowledge," explained Parker.

Parker set out to do just that as the Grey Bruce Farmers Week feature speaker. Her first appearance at the conference was an "Ask the Veterinarian" open floor question period during Goat Day.

"So the first presentation was a one-hour impromptu, which is always my favourite, about goat management. That covered a variety of different subjects. The prepared presentation for the goats was the value of health versus the cost of disease. We focused on the selection of your animals so that they are structurally correct to make management easier," continued Parker.

She also spoke during Sheep Day on the topic of managing sheep reproduction and surviving the first seven days after a lamb has been born. Parker has spoken at a variety of different events in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, making her 38 years in the business an asset to many learning the trade.

"After 38 years, you have a lot of stories and stuff you have to share. And it is important to share it so people have the opportunity to learn from your experience and not have to repeat the same experience. It is a driving principle for our practice to teach," concluded Parker.

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