The NFU is backing a move to access extra cash for voluntary Farm
Health Planning within the cattle sector.
Farm Health Planning (FHP) is central to the delivery of the Animal
Health and Welfare Strategy in Great Britain and is based on three
• Working in partnership
• Understanding the roles and responsibilities and
• Prevention is better than cure
Funding, under the Farm Health Planning Cattle Initiative, will be
available for a range of projects which when linked together must
achieve the overall initiative of improving animal health in the
English cattle sector.
The scheme hopes to demonstrate the benefits of farm health planning
both in terms of increases in cattle health and welfare and business
profitability, delivering advice and training on FHP products, such
as cost-benefit models and planning templates, and facilitating farmer
and adviser networks.
Applications for project funding are being invited now. The closing
date for applications is Friday January 19 2007
NFU animal health and welfare adviser Catherine McLaughlin said: “The
opportunity that this cattle initiative brings to the dairy and beef
sectors must not be allowed to pass by.
“Farm health planning can benefit all livestock owners by
improving the health and welfare of their animals, often bringing
improvements in production and increased levels of profitability
as well as wider benefits of rural and agricultural sustainability.
“Farmers should encourage their vets, farm advisers and nutritionists
to put forward innovative projects for funding. If you’re in
a farmer group, and have a proposal that actively encourages FHP
and meets the criteria as set out by Defra, get a funding application
in – you might be successful. There is little time to loose
in putting bids together but the effort in the short term should
pay dividends for the longer term.”
1. The Animal Health and Welfare Strategy states that: ‘Animals
that are cared for appropriately and in accordance with existing
welfare standards are more likely to be healthy, and less likely
to contract or spread disease. It is essential for all animal owners
to have the necessary skills to care for their animals, exercising
good practice and using veterinary services and medicines appropriately.’
2. Details for the scheme and funding can be found on the Defra
website. The State Aid funding will only be available until March
2008 and is being offered on a ‘use it or loose it’ basis.
3. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are promoting FHP via their
own funding mechanisms.
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