What is My HealthyHerd and SWHLI all about
In recognition of the importance of the livestock sector to the South West region, the South West Regional Development Agency has committed £12.17m of European Development Funding over five years for a SW Healthy Livestock Initiative. This represents an exciting opportunity for farmers, and those wishing to work with farmers on methods of treating or controlling of disease. The livestock sector is important within the South West, with 25% of the national population of livestock being reared within the region. The industry is worth approximately £2 billion to the region at the farm gate, making a significant contribution to the economy.
The aim of the programme is to achieve an uplift in the profitability of the South West livestock industry by improving health and welfare among farmed animals. This project is RDPE funded and is being delivered through the South West of England Regional Development Agency, with Defra as the Managing Authority
In Plain English
This means that as a practice we are able to help with on farm disease biosecurity and risk assessment at present for BVD, Johnes disease and respiratory disease in beef catle and in dairy cattle these problems + investigations of lameness and mastitis. For farms to be enrolled in these schemes, someone from the farm has to atttend a disease awareness meeting where general information about the disease is convyed, this is then followed up by individual farm visits. On the farm visits a risk assessment is made with help of the program myhelathyherd, animals are selected for sampling, when results are available a subsequent farm visit is arranged and plans for disease control are formulated. Costs for visits and blood tests are met 70% via the SWHLI scheme the remainder by the farm. This represents a fantastic opportunity to get some real value for a farm in assessing disease problems and best methods of control and goes far beyond the approach of this is the disease control with drugs or vaccines. As although these methodscan work they are prone to breakdown without a proper control strategy in place. Any client wishing to become invloved with the scheme, please contact Steve Grills either by phone on 01752 892700 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further informationon myhealthyherd see the link attached to the farm animal menu and for information on SWHLI visit www.swhli.co.uk. Also you may click here to download selected presentations.