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BVA disappointed with Farm Inspection and Regulation Review
Simon Doherty provided feedback on the recent report.

Lack of recognition of farmer-vet relationship in final report

The BVA has responded to the Farm Inspection and Regulation Review, published last week, which aims to establish a more ‘enforcing and enabling approach’ to farming after the UK leaves the EU.

Among the feedback, the BVA had particular concern in regard to the lack of recognition of the “vital” farmer-vet relationship in the report.

Simon Doherty, BVA president, commented: “We recognise that Brexit provides certain opportunities to review and improve existing structures. We welcome these suggestions on how the Government might best introduce more supportive and collaborative approaches to farming regulation in the UK.

“However, given this emphasis on ‘enforcing and enabling’, we were somewhat disappointed not to see more recognition of the vital role of the farmer-vet relationship.

“Veterinary advice is both expert and specialist and more consideration of the ways the well-established relationships between farmers and vets might be utilised to lead to better compliance and animal health and welfare outcomes would have been both welcome and useful.”

Mr Doherty, however, spoke encouragingly of the report’s intention to safeguard against endemic and exotic diseases.

“We were pleased that the report recognises the vital importance of maintaining strong surveillance systems throughout, and after, the Brexit process to protect the UK’s animal population from both endemic and exotic diseases.

"We would like to hear more detail from Defra about how this might be achieved. We would also be interested to hear more about the suggestion that modern technologies could be used to strengthen the existing approaches to disease detection in the UK.”

The full report can be read here.

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”