MORE than £1m is being made available for enhanced skills training on animal health and welfare.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has secured £450,000 to develop skills in general animal health and welfare and an extra £550,000 for training and awareness in the fight against endemic disease, with a focus on Bovine Diarrhoea (BVD) and Scab.
AHDB will work to train advisors, vets, trading standards officers, livestock auctioneers, feed and pharmaceutical representatives, as well as livestock farmers.
It has set a target of improving the skills of at least 2,000 people involved in animal health and welfare for farm livestock and at least 8,000 on BVD and Scab in the cattle and sheep industries.
Experienced technical experts from AHDB’s livestock divisions – covering cattle and sheep, dairy herds and pigs – will team up with animal specialists at ADAS and XLVets to deliver the training events. Training on other areas, in particular poultry, deer and rabbits, will be outsourced to relevant industry specialists.
AHDB external skills project manager, Tess Howe, said: “This award is a real boost for all our livestock sectors because it will bring yet more high value, cost-effective training to a broad range of people working in our industry, further improving animal health and welfare and helping to make a large proportion of our agri-businesses more competitive.
“AHDB has put together an added-value animal health and welfare programme that builds on our commitment to deliver the type of training those working in the industry say they most need – this funding is vital because it will help agri-businesses move further forward in caring for livestock.”