A SEMINAR to help farmers and livestock keepers understand and contribute to new proposals is being held.
The proposals deal with responsibility and cost-sharing of animal disease outbreaks.
The seminar is on Thursday, March 6, at St William’s College in York.
The Government is consulting on how animal health and welfare may operate under funding and decision-making plans which would be shared between the industry and the Government. The public purse spends £400m a year on animal health and welfare, which increases substantially when disease outbreaks such as avian flu and foot and mouth disease occur.
The cost to the farming industry is also considerable, yet currently those affected have no decision-making powers over these policies.
The views of farmers and livestock keepers across the country are being sought to help develop and shape this important area, which may change how decisions about control and funding of animal diseases are made in England.
Lord Rooker, Minister for Food and Farming, said: “These seminars are a vital way for animal keepers to contribute to the ideas surrounding the sharing of responsibility and cost for animal diseases.’’
Places at York are limited, so anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 238 5758.