A national animal health and welfare strategy: a view from a private veterinary surgeon

An exploration of ways of managing challenges to our agricultural livestock in order to protect, maintain and improve their health, welfare and productivity.

Year of Publication2003

The record of animal health in the UK has been described as abysmal. The causes of the recent outbreaks of major animal health epidemics is explored. The changes in farming practice that have increased the risks of disease are described, with some suggestions for the management of those risks without compromise to economic and efficient production. A structure for the delivery of a practical and workable national animal health strategy is proposed, with responsibilities shared between the major stakeholders. The principles of the strategy are defined, so that improvements in animal health will lead to a better and more efficient livestock agriculture, whilst the welfare of the animals is maintained.

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