Vet threat.

Farmers will get free veterinarian visits as part of a Brexit dividend, the Environment Secretary will announce this week.

Annual check-ups for two to three hours will be paid for by the Government and will cover cattle, sheep and pigs.

George Eustice told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Too often farmers only call a vet when there is a crisis, but with an annual vet visit to develop better animal health plans, they will see both animal welfare and their farm profitability improve.’
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Farmers will be given cash payments to cover the visits for their herds at the following rates: £684 for pigs, £436 for sheep, £522 for beef cattle and £372 for dairy cattle per vet visit. They will then negotiate rates with the vet of their choice.
 
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Cheshire
Wonder where they will find these extra vets from? All the ones I speak to doing farm animals are getting out of the job as fast as they can.

State sanctioned vets on farms? You'll be getting a farm veterinary rating next just like hygiene inspections on the chippy door.
You’re out of touch.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Once yearly visit is all that is needed for the sheep job.

Pigs and poultry farmers, serious ones at least, have far more interest in animal health than would be the norm in agriculture in general.

A once yearly visit is all that's required for pig and poultry farmers too, and only then if they wish to buy prescription medications.

You do realise there might be some sheep farmers that take a bit of 'interest in animal health' too, before you set to work with that broad brush you're holding?
 
A once yearly visit is all that's required for pig and poultry farmers too, and only then if they wish to buy prescription medications.

You do realise there might be some sheep farmers that take a bit of 'interest in animal health' too, before you set to work with that broad brush you're holding?

You cannot deny that the pig and poultry sectors are pretty fastidious about hygiene and the like.

Sheep? I have no doubt there are some very consciences sheep farmers about, but if my experience is any guide, that would be the exception and not the rule. Sheep must be the most maligned farmed species in the UK.
 

milkloss

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
If it’s using money that would otherwise be spent on some pointless bolloks then I think it’s a good idea. At least the money wouldn’t be lost to an unrelated industry and I feel large animal vets need all the support and encouragement they can get.
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Is this optional? Will the visit be recorded against your holding number / cph and those who didn't take the visit "randomly" be more likely to get an unannounced visit?
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Is this optional? Will the visit be recorded against your holding number / cph and those who didn't take the visit "randomly" be more likely to get an unannounced visit?

It's part of SFI. You can sign up to claim it (or not) and DEFRA will pay you the specified amount as long as you have a vet visit. The idea is probably to encourage more farmers to have vet advice & input.

I'm struggling to see why the OP appears to think it's in any way a 'threat'. :scratchhead:
 

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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...
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