Shared decision-making between land managers and officials is crucial
where the costs for animal health, welfare and disease regulations
are also shared, said members of the Country Land and Business Association
(CLA) at its Council meeting last week. CLA members therefore agreed
a resolution* that was passed unanimously.
The CLA was encouraged by Jeff Rooker's comments at the
Royal Show last week where he said it was necessary to share both
costs and responsibility and it is very important that the two are
David Fursdon, CLA President said: "CLA members are not
prepared to see the cost of animal health and welfare transferred
to the industry without a proper say in how costs accrue and what
measures are put in place.
"Still reeling from the publication of the ISG report into Bovine
TB in particular, livestock farmers see a real danger that the already
reduced levels of compensation could be added to an increased cost
burden bringing the viability of many businesses into question."
is committed to continuing discussions with DEFRA and Ministers to
find a joint approach to animal heath and welfare which will result
in an improvement in procedures which reduce disease risk and have
a meaningful impact on the regulatory burden already imposed on farmers.
resolutions provide CLA-wide agreement on policy issues. The resolution
reads: "The CLA believes costs for animal
health, welfare and disease regulations should not simply be transferred
to the industry. Decision making must be shared at least where costs
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