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NOAH chair re-elected for second term
Gaynor Hillier, head of Elanco Animal Health UK and Ireland was first elected chair in 2017.
Elanco head outlines proposed strategic framework 

Gaynor Hillier, head of Elanco Animal Health UK and Ireland, has been re-elected as chair of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH).

She was first elected in 2017, having been an active member of the board since 2011 and vice-chair since 2013.

Speaking at NOAH member’s day, Gaynor outlined the proposed strategic framework for 2018-23. In the short to mid-term, Brexit will be a top priority, as NOAH works to support business continuity and opportunity.

“Our regulatory focus remains as important as ever,” she added. “As does our work on One Health topics, ensuring appropriate access and responsible use of medicines for all animals.

“We will work on delivering for our members, current and future, to provide relevant services to our current and broadening membership in the face of a changing market landscape and we will capitalise on our position as the voice of our industry to promote the benefits of our sector to society and to help create a climate where our member businesses can succeed.”

NOAH members were invited to discuss the proposals and offer feedback. The strategic framework will be finalised at the next board meeting this month.

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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British sheep meat to be exported to India in new agreement

The UK government has secured a new export deal of sheep meat to India.

In 2017, UK sheep meat exports were worth £386 million. This new agreement is predicted to increase this value by £6 million over the next five years.

With a range of meat cuts due to be exported, the deal is seen by international trade secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, as “another vote of confidence in our world-leading food and drink”.