Producers hard work and innovative ideas to reduce the risk of a bovine TB breakdown, and the impact the disease can have on herds and farm businesses, is set to be championed with the launch of the TB Advisory Service’s awards.
“Producers’ willingness to go above and beyond what’s asked of them to tackle this disease is exactly what we want to highlight with the TBAS awards,” says farm vet and TBAS technical director Sarah Tomlinson.
“All too often, particularly in the national media, producers are criticised for not doing what they can to prevent bTB.
“But we want to demonstrate that producers are rising to the challenge and eager to embrace change for the better and to future proof their businesses.”
For the 2021 awards, TBAS is looking for producers to either enter, or to nominate peers and colleagues who they feel have gone above and beyond in the fight against bTB.
“Perhaps you’ve designed an effective badger-proof trough, reviewed your breeding plans to reduce the impact that TB would have on your business, or maybe you have changed buying-in practices to reduce the chances of introducing TB into your herd,” adds Mrs Tomlinson.
“We’re looking for both simple and elaborate steps and solutions – to demonstrate just how resourceful and innovative producers and their vets and advisors can be.”
The 2021 awards are sponsored by Arla, NFU, Sell My livestock, Suckler Beef Producers Association, and VetPartners.
And judges, with unrivalled knowledge on bTB, include: NFU’s deputy president Stuart Roberts, leading TB epidemiologist James Wood, farm vet and BCVA president Nikki Hopkins, and badger ecologist and member of the TBAS technical board Andy Robertson.
Entries close on December 31, 2020.