With the escalating problems and scale of bovine TB (bTB) in the South West, there is a clear need for a dedicated advisory service, open to all farmers with TB or at risk from TB, for guidance and support.
The recently established and independent South West TB Farm Advisory Service (SWTBFAS), hosted by the NFU, with a lead advisor, three trained and practical advisors and an administrator will be able to visit farmers to give free, bespoke individual help and advice to mitigate the risk of contracting TB in the herd, as well as measures to reduce the impact of TB on farms who already have the disease. The advisors will also provide written guidance, a user-friendly website and advisory documents and bulletins.
More CowsThe aim of the Service is to ensure a high level of independent and confidential farmer-friendly support linked to all practical aspects and solutions of TB and to enable dairy and beef farmers to continue to trade.
The South West TB Farm Advisory Service will complement other work already being carried out in this field and will ensure that the advice given to farmers is universally discussed and approved between professionals and partner organisations. The strategic direction and governance of the Service will be provided by the Industry Reference Group, made up of stakeholders, partner bodies and organisations, with South West Food and Drink as the lead agency and secretariat.