Statement from AHWNI Chief Executive Dr Sam Strain 11/03/2020

Statement from AHWNI Chief Executive Dr Sam Strain 

The need to tackle endemic diseases of livestock in Northern Ireland has only increased. Increasing pressures have led to a critical need to reduce and, wherever possible, eradicate major diseases of livestock.  Challenges include ever tighter margins, the need to reduce antibiotics in agriculture and the mitigation of farm associated greenhouse gas emissions.  Together these challenges mean there has probably never been a greater urgency to control disease.  There’s now a pressing need to convert warm words to tangible support in tackling endemic disease in cattle.  To achieve the goal of becoming the international benchmark for high animal health status in cattle will require a step change from the current level of commitment and funding.

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