The newly formed UK wide group Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) has launched a survey to identify disease priorities across the ruminant sectors and inform efforts to tackle health challenges eroding performance and welfare on farms.
RH&W has been formed from industry and government organisations across all four nations of the UK. It aims to co-ordinate activities and lift cattle and sheep health and welfare to a higher level through partnerships, enabling best practice and identifying a common approach to tackling endemic diseases.
The survey will enable mapping of risk factors which will feed into RH&W’s future priorities and activities, as well as research programmes.
Disease and reputational challenges cost the UK cattle and sheep sectors at least £500 million a year. RH&W was established to co-ordinate and focus the UK’s farming industry on eradicating and controlling damaging cattle and sheep diseases.
It will work with industry and governments to influence collective action and secure the policy framework and funding required to prevent, manage or control disease and welfare challenges across the ruminant sectors.
The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete, with participants in for a chance to win a farmhouse hamper worth £50. It closes on 10 January 2021. Complete the survey at www.ruminanthw.org.uk/priorities and follow RH&W on Twitter at @ruminanthw.