Results of a key element of a Welsh Government across-Wales survey into animal health and welfare biosecurity have disappointed Christianne Glossop, the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales.
“While it is positive that approximately two thirds of respondents felt biosecurity was very important, it does concern me that one third of the respondents felt it was only fairly or not important at all,” she said today (Wednesday, March 2).
“As we continue to work through this campaign I will be looking to see how best to get this message across.
“I would also call on those farmers who feel that biosecurity is important to demonstrate good practice.
“We all have a role to play in minimising the risks posed by disease threats to the industry,” she added.
“With this in mind, I was pleased to see that well over half of the respondents felt that they could be doing more to improve their biosecurity practices on farm.
“This indicates to me that there is a willingness within the industry to do more.
“It was also interesting to see what respondents felt were the main barriers to implementing good biosecurity practices on farm.
“They are identified as having inadequate knowledge, more important priorities and cost so it will be really important to consider the cost/ benefit analysis of disease on farm versus the cost of implementing biosecurity practices to demonstrate value for money.
“In addition, I will be looking to see how best we can use the new Farming Connect service to help provide farmers with the knowledge and information needed.”
She said other themes raised through the comments covered informed purchasing and quarantine units and work on these areas was been progressing.