Livestock project hits target

Healthy Livestock project hits target five months
early

21 February 2011

A project aimed at supporting farmers in Cornwall to maintain
healthy herds has reached its target to recruit producers – five
months ahead of schedule.

The Bodmin Moor Livestock Initiative (BMLI) increases farmers’
awareness of disease and helps them to reduce the incidence of
diseases that cause infertility in suckled cows. It is part of
South West Healthy Livestock Initiative (SWHLI), a programme funded
by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

The project, which is managed by Cornwall Development Company
(CDC) is open to beef and sheep producers who farm in one of the 17
parishes that make up Bodmin Moor. It has only been running for
five months but it has already achieved its initial target to enrol
60% of its target producers. Vets and farmers involved say they can
already see the project’s benefits in identifying disease that
before was not apparent.

Now they are keen to hear from other eligible farmers interested
in registering to benefit from a wide range of free support to
improve general health and fertility on 100 Bodmin Moor Beef and
Sheep Farms. Once registered, each farmer is entitled to a package
of support that includes a free veterinary consultation for:

• Initial blood screening for BVD, Leptospirosis, IBR and
Johne’s disease in suckled herds

• Up to three bulls tested for fertility

• Up to six blood samples tested for mineral deficiency in
cattle

• Up to six blood samples tested for mineral deficiency in
sheep

• Veterinary input to advise on blood testing against
Enzootic/Toxoplasmosis abortion in breeding ewes

• Dung sample analysis for lambs tested against anthelmintic
resistance

• Up to three hours ‘on farm’ advice about herd/flock health
planning with a vet

• A full animal health plan.

BMLI has enrolled 58 beef and sheep producers and a further 10
are in the process of registration. Farmers interested in enrolling
receive a visit from a BMLI co-ordinator who will explain how the
package of support will work in practice. The producer can choose
which veterinary practice to work with. Vaccinations are not
included in this programme of support.

Anyone who farms on Bodmin Moor and is interested in finding out
more should contact Edward Nancekivell at BMLI, Coldrenick Farm
Offices, Helland, Bodmin on 01208 892803, 07528 983441 or edward.nancekivell@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk

 

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Note to editors

For more information, contact Ed Nancekivell at Coldrenick Farm
Offices, Helland, Bodmin on 01208 892803, 07528 983441 or
edward.nancekivell@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk

RDPE – This project is part financed by the European
Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 2007-2013: Europe investing
in rural areas. In England, the European Agricultural Fund for
Rural Development 2007-2013 is delivered through the Rural
Development Programme for England (RDPE). It is an important part
of the Common Agricultural Policy and helps create genuinely
sustainable farming, forestry and food sectors, whilst bringing
wider benefits for the economy, the environment and rural
communities. It is the European Union’s major investment route for
protecting and enhancing the environment while securing a range of
public benefits for society. Defra is the Managing Authority and is
delivered in the region by the South West RDA, Natural England and
the Forestry Commission.