The Welsh Government has announced its health and welfare animal disease priorities for 2012/13, a list that will be used to develop and implement proposals for tackling animal disease and welfare issues in Wales.

The Welsh Government has announced its health and welfare animal disease priorities for 2012/13.

The Welsh Government has announced its health and welfare animal disease priorities for 2012/13The Welsh Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Strategy (AHWS) steering group has announced the list, which will be used to develop and implement proposals for tackling animal disease and welfare issues in Wales.

The priorities are:

  • beef – bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), Johne’s disease and liver fluke;
  • dairy – Johne’s disease, lameness, mastitis, BVD and liver fluke; and
  • sheep – sheep scab, liver fluke, lameness and lambing losses.

Bovine tuberculosis, owing to its magnitude, is treated as a separate issue.

The group said it was also keen to promote the importance of good biosecurity on-farm, and has agreed this as a cross-cutting priority to be embedded into all of its work moving forwards.

Chairman of the group Peredur Hughes said: “As a group, we have a challenging time ahead as we continue our work on these very important priorities.”

Meanwhile, chief veterinary officer for Wales Christianne Glossop said: “I am pleased the group has decided to continue to prioritise these diseases and to build on the work already done to tackle them. These are particularly unpleasant diseases that cause animals a lot of suffering.”

The AHWS steering group was established in 2004 and is made up of 17 members who represent the industry in Wales. The group advises the Welsh Government on issues that impact on the country’s AHWS.

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