Agriculture Bill

Written evidence submitted by NOAH (AB10)

Who we are:

1. NOAH has been representing companies that research, develop, manufacture and market licensed animal medicines in the UK since 1986. NOAH represents the UK animal health industry, promoting the benefit of safe, effective, quality products and services for the health and welfare of all animals.

Summary:

2. NOAH support s the Agriculture Bill in its current form as h igh standards of animal health are right ly recognised within the Bill as a public goo d and as something that farmers should receive payment for.

3. From an animal health perspective, a vital element of the Bill are the provisions regarding the ability of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to give financial assistance for "protecting or improving the health or welfare of livestock ".

4. This financial protection must be maintained to ensure that all benefits of improving animal health and welfare e.g. raising productivity, improving sustainability and increasing resilience of farm livestock are realised.

5. This will be crucial for the UK Government’s preparations for changes to our trading arrangements with non-EU countries and for strengthening the UK’s food security following the end of the transition period in 2020.

6. NOAH also supports the Bill’s aim to make provision for accessing accurate information about livestock identification and traceability through the new Livestock Information System (LIS).

7. NOAH’s ‘Vision Paper for Animal Health and Welfare’ [1] sets out further a holistic approach for the p reventi on of disease through measures such as improved biosecurity and vaccination and herd/flock health planning; improving skills through farmer professional development and the investment in new technology which we would encourage the Committee to consider.

7 February 2020


[1] National Office of Animal Health, Our Vision for Animal Health and Welfare https://www.noah.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NOAH-Vision-Paper-8pp-A4-Sep-19-vf.pdf

 

Prepared 12th February 2020