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Launch of the National Livestock Markets Roadshow

by 5m Editor
12 March 2007, at 11:27am

UK - Defra's Livestock Markets Roadshow is launched today (12 March) in Highbridge, Somerset, which marks the beginning of a round-England tour of 80 market towns and livestock markets throughout 2007.

The Livestock Markets Roadshow aims to speak to farmers face-to-face and communicate important messages about biosecurity, new and existing diseases, and many other animal health and welfare issues. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of existing legislation and to impress upon farmers the need to implement best practice to prevent disease outbreaks and the damage they cause to the farming industry.

Ben Bradshaw, Minister for Animal Health and Welfare, said:

“The Livestock Markets Roadshow is an excellent opportunity for us to spread the word on best practice and animal welfare requirements to the farming community.

“Of course the majority of farmers will be law-abiding and looking after their animals properly, but there is always room for improvement and the Livestock Markets Roadshow will help to remind farmers of their obligations while offering practical support and advice.”

Central themes of the Livestock Markets Road Show include:

  • Bluetongue : Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease which affects sheep, cattle, goats and deer. Be vigilant, if you suspect disease then you should report this to your local Animal Health Office.

  • Fallen Stock : burial of fallen stock is illegal; using the National Fallen Stock Scheme (NFSS) to dispose of your fallen stock is more cost effective for farmers.

  • Biosecurity : advice on prevention of a range of diseases including blue tongue, avian influenza and bovine TB.

    Welfare and Transport : new rules on the welfare of animals during transport came into force in 5 January 2007. For more information see:

www.defra.gov.uk/news/2007/070105b.htm

The mobile unit will be managed by representatives of Defra who will be on-hand to answer farmers' queries about disease prevention. Specially designed leaflets and other information will also be available.

5m Editor