Livestock: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st August 2019.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Independent, Penistone and Stocksbridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2019 to Question 259124 on Livestock: Animal Welfare, what plans his Department has to introduce benchmark incentives for farmers to maintain and enhance animal health standards.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We are working in partnership with representatives of industry and the veterinary profession to establish a range of interventions to reduce the impacts of endemic disease on farm productivity and animal welfare. By working closely with industry we will ensure that actions are effective and will improve the health of livestock nationally. Our discussions are at an early stage. At present, we have no plans to introduce benchmark standards.

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