Next Steps for Animal Health and Welfare in the UK
Morning of Thursday 6th July 2023 (9am to 1pm)
This conference focuses on next steps for animal health and welfare following the publication of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway last year, as well as the priorities moving forward for animal welfare as a public good.
Taking place with the Annual Health and Welfare Review open to all eligible farmers, alongside the announcement of grants being offered as part of the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund, delegates will assess the outlook for supporting uptake and productivity alongside health and welfare.
It will also be an opportunity to assess the new standards as part of the Sustainable Farming Incentive, and how food production can become more resilient and efficient whilst contributing to wider environmental goals.
Delegates will also examine Government ambitions to create increased market demand for higher standards in this area, and the role of mandatory animal welfare labelling, for which the Government is preparing to consult on new proposals later this year – announced in the recent Food Strategy.
Keynote sessions with Dr Christine Middlemiss, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Fran Edmunds, Head of Policy within Future Farming, Farm Animal Welfare and Food Labelling, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Overall, the agenda includes discussion on:
- animal health and welfare in the UK: the future direction of policy – opportunities for continuous improvement through delivery of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway
- delivering animal health as a public good: engaging and incentivising farmers to improve animal welfare – getting the most out of Annual Health and Welfare Reviews – the role of new grants
- regulation: options for enforcement following ambitions to move away from meeting baseline standards to achieving high standards
- improving farm standards: infection and disease control – supporting the development of new approaches – connecting with wider policy on AMR and sustainability
- mandatory animal welfare labelling:
- equipping consumers with the information needed to make informed purchases
- trends and data on public attitudes
- examining the Government’s approach of moving market demand closer to high standard purchases, and how this could work in practice
- impacts on production costs
- the future trade deal landscape:
- the impact of pushing for higher standards in domestic produce
- assessing how animal welfare standards have been approached in deals with Australia and New Zealand