Cattle and sheep health and welfare priorities - a 'grassroots' survey

Cattle and sheep diseases erode animal welfare and production efficiency, and addressing them must be the focus of future policy and research efforts in the UK.

While priority diseases have already been established in some UK nations and by a range of expert groups, Ruminant Health & Welfare, a new cross-UK industry body involving all key organisations operating in the sheep and cattle sectors, wants to go further.

We would like to balance current evidence with a better understanding of the views of farmers, shepherds, herd managers and farm vets – all those who work closely with sheep and cattle on a daily basis.

Please help us and take part in this survey. In it we ask you to review a range of diseases and conditions, the majority of which have been identified by expert groups as having a significant impact on our industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

We want to know which you believe are the most important challenges – and if there are others you believe should be included.  Please note that while we recognise the often overwhelming pressures of bovine TB on many producers, our focus here is to seek views on the other diseases which limit or reduce production efficiency in both cattle and sheep sectors.

The results of this survey, once analysed, will help to identify industry-wide disease and welfare impacts – as well as specific regional or sectoral disease issues in both sheep and cattle. Moreover, these will reflect the experiences of those working with our livestock.

The results will also feed into Ruminant Health & Welfare’s activities, and may influence future research programmes. 

The survey should take between 15 and 25 minutes to complete. 

We are offering those who participate a chance to win one of three farmhouse hampers worth £50 – just submit your survey before midnight Sunday 10 January 2021.

Farmhouse Hamper

Just fill in your name and email address at the end of the survey. Terms and conditions apply

Please note: the identity of those responding to the survey will not be associated with their responses; see statement on data protection.