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Calls to provide funding for sheep scab in Wales
"It is hoped that better disease management and control will eventually lead to sheep scab freedom in Wales"

Industry group responds to report on insidious disease 

An industry-led group is calling on the government to provide funding to help eradicate sheep scab in Wales.
 
The call from the Welsh sheep scab industry group comes in response to its report (published 7 November) which makes a number of recommendations for the control of the disease. Compiled by farming unions, veterinary practitioners and industry stakeholders, the report recognises the need for treatment to be coordinated across neighbouring premises.

Sheep scab is an insidious disease that has serious welfare implications for infected sheep. Previous attempts to eradicate the disease have had limited success, in part due to treatment plans which have attempted to control the disease on a farm-by-farm basis.

The group says that, if funded, it would put a sheep scab control programme in place which would increase the chance of neighbouring farms working together to eliminate this disease.

The National Sheep Association, which helped compile the report, said: “It is this fresh perspective on the disease that makes the recommendations within this industry-led report a more holistic and workable approach to disease control. It is hoped that better disease management and control will eventually lead to sheep scab freedom in Wales.

“It is now crucial that sufficient funding is provided to allow the recommendations in this collaborative industry-led report to come to fruition.”
 

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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.”