A group of specialists has been appointed by the Welsh Government to support the development and introduction of a new animal health and welfare framework for the country.
The team of six – appointed by natural resources minister Alun Davies – are to advise on the prevention, management and eradication of animal disease to improve the health and welfare of livestock and companion animals in Wales.
Chairman will be Anglesey farmer Peredur Hughes. As former chairman of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Steering Group, chairman of the North Wales Regional TB Eradication Board and former president of NFU Cymru, Mr Hughes has “extensive knowledge” of Welsh farming, said the Welsh Government.
The other group members are:
- David Davies, who runs a farming enterprise and property letting business. Mr Davies is also chairman of the Welsh advisory board of NFU Mutual Insurance and a former president of the Welsh Dairy Show
- Huw Davies, who manages a 280-acre National Trust tenanted hill farm. Mr Davies also serves on national and local committees and is chairman of the ruminant standing committee of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee
- Director of the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society and managing director of Quality Welsh Food Certification Moss Jones. Mr Jones is also company secretary of Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers, Livestock Marketing and president of South Caernarfon Creameries.
- Ifan Lloyd, a veterinary surgeon in clinical practice and a senior partner of a veterinary group with surgeries in Swansea and Neath. He is also the Welsh regional representative on the British Veterinary Association (BVA) council.
- Joanna Price, head of the University of Bristol’s vet school, is involved in teaching, administration and research. Prof Price has worked in veterinary practice in the UK and overseas and held academic positions, including head of the department of veterinary basic sciences at the Royal Veterinary College.
Alun Davies said he was “delighted” to announce the members of the new group.
“Collectively, the group offers vast knowledge and experience of animal health and welfare issues,” he said. “I am confident they will provide the very best guidance, advice and expertise and help us to develop our vision for the future of animal health and welfare in Wales.”
Chief veterinary officer for Wales Christianne Glossop said: “Disease outbreaks and the measures to deal with them can carry wide and costly consequences for public health, the economy and the environment and achieving high standards of animal health and welfare is important to all of us. That is why we have established this group of specialists.
“I look forward to working with them and to benefiting from their valuable advice on disease prevention and eradication in Wales.”