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APHA’s Centre of Expertise in Extensively Managed Livestock

APHA Carmarthen Veterinary Investigation Centre now includes a Centre of Expertise for surveillance in extensively managed livestock. Whilst based in Wales, the Centre is a Great Britain-wide resource and forms part of the wider veterinary surveillance system operated by APHA.

What are extensively managed livestock?

Extensively-managed animals are those that are kept in such a way that they are not easily regularly and closely inspected, for signs of ill health, or significantly altered production.

The definition was determined at a meeting of APHA, Defra and Welsh Government, with extensively managed cattle and sheep being the primary focus.

Contact the Centre

For further information contact APHA Carmarthen Veterinary Investigation Centre on 01267 235244.

About the Centre of Expertise

The aims of the Centre of Expertise are to:

  • Develop efficient ways of sourcing surveillance data and information on extensively managed livestock to improve surveillance
  • Investigate and develop how data and information can be translated into actionable intelligence and disseminated to farmers and vets
  • Develop a virtual hub of expertise in surveillance in extensively managed livestock to complement the Species Expert Groups

Disease information

Recent and current activities

Activities related to the development of the Centre of Expertise have included two stakeholder conferences and workshops, as well as a mapping project.

Stakeholder Conferences

Our first conference in Bristol in July 2016 discussed issues faced in monitoring the health and welfare of extensively managed livestock. Fifty five delegates brought together representatives from industry, academia, retail, government and the veterinary profession to share information and develop collaborative ways of working to detect and manage disease and welfare threats.

The full report from the conference, including details on presentations and interactive sessions on how information and data could be better utilised is available.

A strong message gathered from workshop participants was on the better use of existing data. From this, further steps were identified:

  1. Provide access to APHA and SRUC Veterinary Services diagnostic data (VIDA) to farmers and veterinary surgeons. This has led to development of online 'GB Disease Surveillance Dashboards' which are now freely available online
  2. Evaluate the availability and utility of the land use data relevant to the extensive livestock farming in Great Britain. This resulted in the 'Extensive Land Use Mapping' project.

A second conference at Newton Rigg College, Penrith in November 2017 allowed interested stakeholders in the north of England and Scotland to contribute to the Centre's development and work.

The full report from the conference, including details on presentations and interactive sessions on communication channels and the disease threats and health issues of importance in this sector is available.