Animal Health Plan Gets Welcome From Farmers
NFU has strongly welcomed the outline Animal Health and Welfare
Strategy published by the government for consultation today and
pledged to work towards its implementation.
key plank of the outline strategy is a new partnership between the
livestock industry, the veterinary profession and the government
- an approach that the NFU has stressed as vital.
animal health and welfare chairman Neil Cutler said: "Co-operation
between all those involved is key to the success of any coherent
long term strategy.
experience has shown starkly the price to be paid for the failure
to co-ordinate disease prevention activity.
NFU strongly supports the concept of an animal health and welfare
strategy and will fully co-operate to ensure the vision set out
in the outline strategy is realised."
elements of the outline strategy include assessing the role and
availability of large animal veterinary practices, developing an
action plan for farm health and promoting the responsible use of
veterinary medicines building on best practice at home and abroad.
NFU is particularly pleased to see proposals for individual farm
health plans, believing that the farmer/vet relationship is the
main springboard for a pro-active strategy.
Cutler said if the final strategy was to work all partners must
recognise their responsibilities, including the need for the government
to protect the UK's borders from imported diseases and to tackle
politically sensitive issues like TB in cattle and wildlife.
Cutler added: "Delivery is all. Any effective strategy cannot
duck difficult issues, such as TB in cattle. This issue will be
seen by farmers as a test of the government's resolve.
NFU looks forward to close involvement in the various stakeholder
outline strategy is in response to the Curry Commission's call for
a comprehensive strategic approach to animal health and welfare
following the UK's series of animal disease catastrophes.
today launched a consultation on an outline strategy drawn up in
the light of responses to an earlier consultation in January on
the vision for a new animal health and welfare strategy for the
UK. The aim is to begin implementing the final strategy in spring