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ANIMAL HEALTH MATTERS
ISSUE 33  May 2020
 
 
Livestock production is a priority 
 
Farmers are facing some of the most challenging conditions they’ve ever experienced. Lockdown measures have led to difficult consequences for many farmers, while concern over food supplies remain.

In this newsletter, we take a look at how farmers are continuing to produce food for us to eat and drink during the Covid-19 crisis, we explore just how critical animal products – including milk, meat, eggs and fish – are for our global community.

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With 1.3 billion people reliant on livestock for employment and food security, and a hunger crisis potentially looming… livestock can play a vital role in supporting the global Covid-19 response.

 

It’s why we joined 65+ farm, veterinary and research groups and individual academics from around the globe in signing the new Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture. It dispels myths about agriculture and COVID while outlining how we can help livestock producers keep us fed during this pandemic.

 
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While all industries have been severely affected, farming is one of the most vital and vulnerable.
  • Farmers have had to adapt rapidly to changes in supply and demand, restrictions on movement and safe working conditions
  • We cannot forget, that they work tirelessly to provide us with food and the essential nutrients we need to stay healthy
We explore farming during lockdown in this month’s BIG READ.
 
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WHO SAID IT?
 
 
 
“Livestock diseases are monitored globally to help prevent them from spreading across borders the way that Covid-19 has done ... Using these learnings to develop more robust early warning systems for wildlife could enhance our ability to detect emerging diseases.”

Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“For all the interest in the pandemic’s [Covid-19] animal origins, the global response has largely overlooked the fact that animal medicine might also play a role in developing the sought-after vaccine.”

Dr Michael Francis, member of the UK Vaccine Network and UK Science Partnership for Animal and Plant Health
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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