England pulling together to tackle key dairy diseases
DairyCo is leading a new RDPE-funded campaign to promote better control of major diseases affecting the profitability of dairy farming – lameness and mastitis.
The campaign will deliver technical advice to farmers in groups or on a one-to-one basis, with the project funding 100 DairyCo Mastitis Control Plans and 180 farm vet visits under the DairyCo Healthy Feet Programme.
The funding is available for anyone over the age of 18 to access and provides 70% match funding through RDPE money. XLVets have a number of mentors across the country
Ray Keatinge, DairyCo head of research and development says, “As well as delivering immediate benefits to dairy levy payers, the project represents a progression from previous regionally-based health and welfare projects, towards more coordinated delivery of improved animal health and welfare under the next phase of the Rural Development Programme (2015-2020).”
We welcome the involvement of both non XLVet practices and non XLVets practice clients onto this programme. If you are interested in participating please contact the Training Services Team on 01765 608489 who will be able to advise you on the next steps. The programme will run until the end of March 2015.
The project is part of an overall contract worth £815,000, awarded to AHDB under the Defra/European Union RDPE programme (Regional Development Programme for England), to manage a national training programme in cattle and sheep health and welfare. AHDB has also secured £415,000 to develop advanced skills training opportunities for crop growers in both agriculture and horticulture. A third project, worth £130k is aimed at the pig and poultry industries to reduce the impact of endemic disease, by working collaboratively. All three projects will be delivered by March 2014.