Royal Welsh 09: Website to improve livestock health launched

Members of the Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers co-operative are being offered help to create tailored animal health plans for their farm.

The co-op’s 7500 farmer members will have access to an animal health planning website to help them work with vets and advisers to produce unique plans based on their own farms’ conditions.

Based on a Welsh assembly template and using £1m of Objective 1 funding obtained in 2005, the service has been developed by a team of farmers, vets and technology company Shearwell Data.

At the launch during the Royal Welsh Show, WLBP chairman Richard Howells said the aim was to develop a tool which farmers and their vets could utilise to sustain high health and welfare status on their farms.

Though confidential, the information could be an anonymous source of data and information to support a wider strategy of improving the level of knowledge about Welsh livestock farming, he added.

If they chose to, farmers could also use the facility to maintain their movement and medicine records.

Christianne Glossop, Wales’ chief vet officer, applauded the initiative and urged farmers to take advantage of the opportunity to get constantly evolving plans that could help raise animal health and welfare standards.

The website is available to farmers who pay the £95 a year WLBP subscription, whether or not they become farm assured.