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  1. Ruminant Health & Welfare

    Calf pilot plans solutions for end of bull calf euthanasia

    With the clock ticking on changes to Red Tractor standards in 2023 which will strengthen the UK dairy industry’s commitment to rear every calf with care, a pilot initiative on-farm is tackling the key challenges of breeding, rearing and marketing. RH&W says over 1.4 million calves are born to...
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    Tackle tick-borne diseases with new RH&W guide

    With risk of tick-borne diseases changing as new seasonal and geographical patterns emerge, Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) has brought together a new guide to help farmers and vets to tackle these diseases. Vanessa Swinson, veterinary lead of the APHA cattle expert group and RH&W steering...
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    Government has urgent role in standardising carbon calculators

    Ruminant Health & Welfare has written to the farming ministers of all four UK governments to ask for urgent action in standardising carbon calculators to ensure farmers can work off correct and consistent baseline data. Read the letter here… The post Government has urgent role in...
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    RH&W responds to AWC consultation on castration and tail docking of lambs

    It is perhaps an opportune time to review the UK approach to the tail docking and castration of lambs. Animal welfare is a priority shared by producers and society as a whole; however increasingly demanding market specifications, and now historical regulatory standards which have underpinned...
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    UK livestock needs action on methane now to avoid ‘soundbite’ solutions

    Dairy, beef and sheep sectors must deliver an effective farm-level response to the UK’s pledge to slash 30% of methane emissions by 2030[1], or the ‘soundbite’ solution of reducing numbers and downsizing livestock production will take control. This is the warning from Nigel Miller, chair of...
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    Bold plans to eradicate BVD and sheep scab by 2031

    The livestock industry has set out bold ambitions to eradicate sheep scab and Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) by 2031, among other goals, following a Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) workshop held on 29 June. The workshop included over 70 leading farmers, vets, researchers and industry...
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    Pain management is quickest route to improved animal welfare

    Increased use of pain management would offer immediate opportunities to improve ruminant welfare across the UK at little extra cost, according to views captured at a recent workshop. Ruminant Health and Welfare (RH&W) identified a number of welfare challenges and positive interventions in the...
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    First Four Nations meeting shares Welsh experiences

    Training, engagement and health planning were two key areas of discussion at the first RH&W Four Nations meeting held on 24 March, hosted online by stakeholders from Wales. The aim of these quarterly meetings is to share intelligence, priorities and approaches; Stephen James, Pembrokeshire...
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    Survey reveals lameness & infectious disease remain among top priorities for farmers & vets

    Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) has announced the results to its nationwide ’grassroots’ survey of farmers, stock people and vets on priority livestock diseases and syndromes. The results suggest that lameness-related problems and endemic infectious disease continue to be key issues eroding...
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    Ruminant Health & Welfare responds to Defra consultation on animal transport

    Any regulatory changes introduced as a result of Defra’s consultation on the welfare of live animals in transport must be evidence-based and rooted in science. Download consultation response Editor’s notes Ruminant Health & Welfare was established to co-ordinate and focus the ruminant...
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    Ruminant Health & Welfare identifies priority areas

    Ruminant Health & Welfare has announced four key areas it will be working on over the next two years to help improve cattle and sheep production in the UK. These are: Priority diseases and syndromes, high impact/low prevalence diseases, welfare opportunities and future farming systems. The...
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    Time to tackle low prevalence diseases

    Sustained efforts to tackle priority production diseases in ruminants must continue. But the farming and veterinary industry should also focus on tackling low prevalence diseases – which have a high impact on individual herds and flocks, according to Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W). “They may...
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    Sheep Health and Welfare Conference identifies key disease challenges

    Reproductive failure and neonatal lamb disease / mortality have the biggest impact on sheep farmers’ productivity, according to a poll at this week’s SHAWG conference. But thin ewe syndrome and conditions in late pregnancy have the greatest impact on animal welfare, meaning farmers have to...
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    Use existing data to drive flock performance, urges RH&W

    Sheep farmers collect a lot of data about flock performance and could make far better use of it to improve health, welfare and productivity. According to Nigel Miller, chair of the new Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) group, producers naturally collate information about their flock – and...
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    Further appointees to new Ruminant Health and Welfare Group announced

    Two further leadership appointments have been made to the newly formed UK-wide Ruminant Health and Welfare Group (RHWG): Caroline Slay in the role of secretary general, and Gwyn Jones as the new vice chair. They join Berwickshire farmer and qualified vet Nigel Miller, who was appointed chair on...
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    Identify ruminant disease to tackle health challenges

    The newly formed UK wide group Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) has launched a survey to identify disease priorities across the ruminant sectors and inform efforts to tackle health challenges eroding performance and welfare on farms. RH&W has been formed from industry and government...
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    Focus on high standards at Sheep Health and Welfare Conference

    Farmers, vets and industry stakeholders will be joining forces at this year’s Sheep Health and Welfare Group Conference to focus on world-leading health and welfare standards. Acknowledging the need for continuous knowledge exchange and practical solutions to sheep industry challenges, the...
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    AHDB: Ruminant health and welfare survey results

    Ruminant Health & Welfare survey identifies key disease priorities Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) has announced the results to its nationwide ’grassroots’ survey of farmers, stock people and vets on priority livestock diseases and syndromes. The results suggest that lameness-related...
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