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Health and Welfare

This section of the website contains a variety of information and resources to help cattle farmers maximise the health and welfare of the animals in their care.

QMS also holds a numbers of free workshops and events throughout the year for farmers to improve their knowledge on a range of animal health issues. We work alongside leading research institutes including The Moredun, James Hutton Institute, SRUC and SEFARI to ensure that the most up to date research is available to Scottish Farmers. Visit the events page for further information of forthcoming events in your area.

Animal health and welfare has also been covered extensively within the Monitor Farm Scotland network of meetings and events. More information is available on your local monitor farm’s activities on The Monitor Farm Scotland website.

Disease prevention is better than cure and a herd health plan, written in collaboration between the farmer, vet and advisor, can produce real benefits to the herd and to the economics of the farm business. Funding towards a specialist advice plan on animal welfare is available from The Farm Advisory Service- Integrated Land Management Plan.

Health planning is also an integral element to the QMS Cattle and Sheep Farm assurance standards. Every farm business that produces Scotch Beef PGI or Scotch Lamb PGI is required to have an Animal Health Plan in place.

On the right-hand side, you will find a range of features on how farmers have benefitted from developing a health plan, and the benefits this has brought to their business.

Johnes disease is a major cause of livestock wastage and poor herd performance. More in-depth information on this disease can be found here.

If you require more information regarding a specific cattle disease, please visit the National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS). The Scottish Animal Health Planning System is also available to help with disease forecasting and animal health planning.