Spearheading a new beef health scheme
A new beef health scheme being launched in Cornwall on the
25th November is the first of its kind in England, thanks
to £12,000 of investment from Objective One project
Tim Bebbington, Veterinary Partner at Launceston-based Castle
Veterinary Group developed the concept following attendance
at a herd health-planning seminar in Cheshire organised by
British Cattle Veterinary Association.
The beef health scheme will develop a set of management rules
and a disease-testing program, which shows whether or not
Bovine Virus Diarrhoea or Johne's Disease is present in Cornish
beef herds. The scheme will develop a bespoke herd programme,
which is a combination of vaccination and monitoring to either
control or eliminate the disease.
Two similar schemes have been introduced in Wales and Scotland
but this will be the first of its kind in England. DEFRA are
very supportive of the new scheme and are keen to observe
and perhaps use the experiences gained in Cornwall to develop
a similar scheme across the UK.
The beef health scheme is being launched at a seminar in
the Westberry Hotel in Bodmin on 25th November at 2pm. Scottish
vet George Caldow, Manager of the SAC Premium Cattle Health
Scheme will explain how it works and the rules that farmers
will need to follow. Bruce Lawson, Vet Manager of the Welsh
Beef Project, a similar project that has been running for
3 years and now has 140 Welsh Black and 40 Limousin herd members,
will outline the lessons they have learnt.
Tim Bebbington explained: "Both BVD and Johne's Disease
represent significant financial losses for beef suckler herds.
This scheme is aimed at cleaning up the top end of the market,
particularly for those farmers participating in the sale and
purchase of bulls and breeding females.
"Our aim is to improve both customer confidence, in
being able to purchase cattle from monitored herds, and reduce
farmers' costs in relation to herd replacement, calf growth,
infertility and abortion rates."
The investment from Rural Progress, an Objective One Scheme
that facilitates the implementation of new technology and
new skills in land based businesses and organisations in Cornwall,
is being used to subsidise farmers' entry cost into the health
programme. This involves initial herd blood testing, sampling
and analysis to establish where the cattle are at the moment
and the development of a bespoke health management programme
for the herd. Farmers who would like to attend the seminar
to discover more about the scheme should contact the Castle
Veterinary Group on 01566 772371.
Rural Progress is a new Objective One
scheme to facilitate the implementation of new technology
and provide new skills to land based businesses, individuals,
groups and organisations. These beneficiaries need to be located
within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and associated with
farming, horticulture, forestry or supply services to these
Castle Veterinary Group is a long established farm veterinary
practice comprising of 11 veterinary surgeons with considerable
experience of cattle and sheep health planning. Tim has been
a practising farm vet for 14 years within the South West.
For further information:
Tel: 01822 833488
Paul Charlton, Project Manager, Rural Progress
Tel: 01579 372112
Tim Bebbington, Castle Veterinary Group
Tel: 01566 772371
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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