The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Scottish Branch has welcomed the new farm payment scheme announced by Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon on Friday 10 February as part of the Scottish Government’s post-Brexit future framework for sustainable agriculture.
Under the scheme, farmers and crofters who rear cattle and sheep will be able to claim a £250 payment for veterinary health and welfare interventions from this summer.
Responding to the announcement, BVA Scottish Branch President Romain Pizzi said:
“The Scottish Government’s new farm payment scheme will support better livestock health and welfare in Scotland and provide welcome opportunities for vets to further engage with farmers and crofters rearing sheep and cattle.
“BVA would like to see the vet-farmer relationship embedded as the cornerstone in Scotland’s permanent future farming policy, to help deliver improved animal health and welfare, productivity, and sustainability goals.”
BVA’s policy position on sustainable animal agriculture can be viewed at: https://www.bva.co.uk/take-action/our-policies/uk-sustainable-animal-agriculture/