345: Pork: The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway - what pig producers need to know.

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345: Pork: The Animal Health and Welfare Pathway - what pig producers need to know.

Written by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

In England, the government is rolling out Direct Payments and phasing in new policies under the Agricultural Transition Plan. One of these is the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway (The Pathway), which launched the first of four steps in Spring 2022 to provide farmers in England with a fully funded vet visit. The Pathway will push forward and support the gradual and continual improvement in farm animal health and welfare.

According to Defra, The Pathway is a partnership between the government, farmers, vets, the wider industry, and the supply chain. In this pork-focused edition of AHDB’s Food and Farming podcast, we investigate this partnership.

Our guests Stewart Houston CBE, co-designer of The Pathway; Mandy Nevel, Veterinary surgeon and Head of Animal Health and Welfare, AHDB; and Lauren Dimmack, Senior Animal Health & Welfare Scientist, AHDB discuss with our host, John Bates, what led to the development of The Pathway, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and how pig producers can get involved.

Useful links

Farmers to access new funds through the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway | AHDB
Animal Health and Welfare Pathway for pigs - YouTube
Animal Health and Welfare Pathway - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Introducing the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway - Future Farming (blog.gov.uk)


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This episode was produced and edited by Dami Oyinlola, Marcomms Executive (Pork).

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...