Following an information session at the BEF Quarterly meeting in Nov 2015 there was unanimous support for BEF to take the lead on biosecurity matters on behalf of its 19 member bodies.
Having suitably raised awareness of the welfare, sporting fixture and economic consequences of a disease outbreak, the equine development portfolio, led by Director Jane Nixon, John McEwen and Tim Watson and facilitated by Jan Rogers are in the process of developing and improving the buyin to a peacetime biosecurity protocol based on the checklist developed by Defra, the Disease Coalition and BEVA here
Further to the above, a COBRA type initiative will be developed with a standing committee of experts in order to be able to provide rapid and consistent advice to BEF member bodies, their competition centres and their participants - in the event of disease incursion. The idea is to assess work already done, consult with experts and then develop the protocol so as to minimise duplication and make best use of available resource.
The process will be launched to BEF Members on 1 March 2017
Editorial courtesy Equine Health magazine here
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