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Cymorth TB pilot welcomed by Welsh Government

An evaluation report on the Cymorth TB pilot, carried out in Wales between October 2013 and May 2014 to evaluate possible enhanced roles for private vets in the management of TB breakdowns and how they could support farmers, has been broadly welcomed by the Welsh Government.

The Cardiff University findings paint a positive assessment of the pilot and make a range of recommendations as to areas that might enhance a future Cymorth TB programme.

 

It also highlights the value to farmers of involving private vets in TB management, the Animal and Plant Health Agency and private vets themselves.

 

Accepting the report, Deputy Food and Farming Minister, Rebecca Evans, said she was grateful for the involvement of those who had given their time and effort in successfully supporting the initial phase of such an important, distinctively Welsh programme.

 

A key area details the experiences of farmers, private and Government vets involved in the pilot and includes a large number of direct quotations from those involved.

 

“The recommendations reflect the learning and experience of individuals involved in the programme that has emerged via feedback forms and less formal channels,” says Mrs Evans.

 

“As such they seem to be a sensible basis for any developing Cymorth TB strategy. The recommendations will form a sound basis on which to develop an ongoing, sustainable programme, the practicalities of which are currently being discussed with key stakeholders particularly the regional TB eradication boards.

 

“My officials are also in discussions with possible internal and external delivery agents, including the Farm Communities Network and the banks. with a view to partnership working under the Cymorth TB banner.

 

“A range of options and next steps are currently being explored and will be presented to me for consideration.”

 

The report can be found here.

 


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