Alpacas: Farming

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision has been made to support alpaca farmers in the event of an outbreak of animal disease.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

No specific provisions have been made to support alpaca farmers in the event of an outbreak of animal disease.

DEFRA has established a camelids (camels, llamas, alpacas, guanaco and vicuna) stakeholder group, which is a forum for forward planning and raising issues, as well as updating camelid stakeholders on the current disease risks. In addition, particularly during outbreaks, DEFRA holds regular meetings with industry stakeholders to which representatives from camelid societies are invited.

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