Co-ordinated approach to farm health

As farm health planning continues to be a theme for livestock producers this year, FHP senior policy advisor Dawn Howard told Expo visitors how the group is working with a co-ordinated approach to understanding the roles and responsibilities of FHP.

“Through various surveillance, risk management, measurement, monitoring and review measures, FHPs aim is to provide a sustainable future for the farming economy through improvements made to animal health,” she told delegates.

“Each species sector sub-group is working on specific promotion activities using simple FHP templates on the major disease concerns and practical cost benefit models.

“We’ve also had a great response to our partner-hosted events, best practice case studies and media articles, such as the Farmers Weekly academy series.”

She added that the Dairy Health Planner, a practical, large wall planner detailing step-by-step options for monitoring and recording dairy health issues, will provide a good management tool for producers.

Some 59 project proposals have also come forward to take advantage of the FHP funding available, with more than 70 vet practices involved and some 400 plus meetings, workshops and training events running across the UK to help educate vets and farmers on the benefits of FHP.

For more information on farm Health PlanningĀ visitĀ DEFRA.

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