In response to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board announcement that a new genetic index will be published on 19 January, which will help UK farmers to select for cows with reduced susceptibility to bovine TB, BVA President Sean Wensley said:
With winter approaching and the majority of cattle already housed, farmers should ensure that they have effective protocols in place to reduce the risk of calf pneumonia, and also to manage outbreaks of disease should they occur. “Pneumonia is a source of significant economic loss to the cattle industry,” says Sioned Timothy Merial’s Technical Vet, “with costs estimated at between €60 and €117 per affected calf and rising to over €145 in cases where repeated treatments are required1”.
In response to Jim O’Neill’s calls for a phased reduction of global antibiotic use in livestock and measures to stop antibiotics polluting the environment, President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) Sean Wensley said:
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has relaunched its migrant survey in an attempt to achieve an up to date assessment of migrant workers’ contribution to the dairy sector following concerns expressed last month by Government stating Britain was too reliant on foreign employees.
Almost half of Britain’s dairy farmers are scheduled to leave the sector and 45% of the remaining half planning to continue in production have put their expansion plans on hold, according to an intentions survey carried out by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed today’s (28/08) announcement that Defra will consult on further steps to help tackle bovine TB as part of the Government’s strategy to beat the disease.