MP Richard Holden hails support for ranchers – Consett Magazine

Richard Holden with Weardale Farmer
  • The measures to support farmers in North West Durham have been welcomed by MP Richard Holden.

  • Speaking at the NFU’s annual conference this week, Environment Secretary George Eustice explained how the Government will support livestock farmers to produce healthier and better protected animals, with financial assistance .

  • Farmers will receive funding for an annual visit by a veterinarian of their choice to perform diagnostic testing, review biosecurity and responsible drug use, and provide health and welfare advice. -being of their animals. This will initially focus on pigs, cattle and sheep.

This will be a cash payment and farmers will be responsible for agreeing a rate with their veterinarian. The payment rates will be as follows: pigs at £684; sheep at £436; beef cattle at £522; and dairy cattle at £372.

This will pay farmers and veterinarians 2-3 hours of time to: review the health and welfare of their animals, including biosecurity and responsible drug use; receive a report from the vet, which will include some actionable actions the farmer can take to improve health and well-being – this will not be shared with the government, and is between the farmer and the vet; advice on the measures to be taken following the tests; and referral to other aid, including future grants and disease control programs.

Each examination will be personalized and the veterinarians will also offer tests. The breeder and vet will decide how to prioritize their time.

MP Richard Holden said:

“I welcome the news that livestock keepers in North West Durham will be able to benefit from the support outlined this week, including the annual vet visit. This is a huge step forward for farm profitability and animal welfare.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:

“The UK livestock industry is a world leader. We export animal genetics worldwide and adhere to the highest standards of animal health and welfare. Too often farmers only call a vet in a crisis, but with an annual visit to the vet to develop better animal health plans, they will see both animal welfare and the profitability of their firm improve.

“The Pathway is a chance to increase opportunities for farmers across England – wherever they are – and improve productivity outcomes through less disease, less reliance on antimicrobials, better accommodation for livestock and better animal husbandry By driving change and innovation through the Pathway, the government expects to see benefits for agricultural productivity, food security, public health, health and well-being. being animals, the environment and trade.

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