Annual Report 2012/2013
The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England published its first Annual Report on 19 April 2013.
The Animal Health and Welfare Board for England has developed ‘Guiding Principles for Animal Health and Welfare Policy and Delivery in England’ in consultation with animal keepers and other interested parties.
The document sets out the principles that government and animal keepers should apply to animal health and welfare policy and its delivery in England and the outcomes they should jointly achieve.
The Board is looking to government and the animal keeping sectors to develop an action plan, which reflects the principles and delivers the desired outcomes.
Forward work plan
The Board is required (under its Terms of Reference) to agree an annual forward work plan.
At our AGM in April 2013, you helped us develop the priorities areas for our forward work plan and agreed that the priority areas that the Board should focus on should be:
• An affordable and comprehensive TB Eradication Strategy
• A review of compensation arrangements in the event of a disease outbreak
• A fit for purpose response to the Macdonald Review livestock movement recommendations
• An agreed negotiating position for the EU Animal Health Law which gives us the best chance of securing a package which best serves England’s business and animal health interests.
These 4 priority areas will be the main focus of our work , but we will also continue to review issues across the spectrum of the Animal Health and Welfare agenda as well as our ongoing work to engage constructively across animal keeping sectors
The Bovine TB Eradication Advisory Group for England, Finance and Strategy sub-groups
- Ways of working
The Board has Protocols for working with Defra’s Executive Agencies and for working with the Devolved Administrations and Other Government Departments, and a Code of Practice.
- Call for views on future bovine TB strategy and how to meet the challenges ahead
This ran from 10 September to 19 October 2012. A Summary of Responses was published on 18 January 2013, along with reports from a series of regional bovine TB workshops held as part of the engagement.