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Meet the team looking after the welfare of livestock at the county show

Posted on Wednesday 31st May 2023
Animal Health Officers Linda and Paul NR

Lynda Simpson and Paul Miles from the Trading Standards Animal Health team.

Looking after the welfare of animals and livestock in Staffordshire is an important role and falls to Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Animal Health team.

This includes visiting the County Show, where officers are on site, before, during and after the show to ensure that the laws governing the health and welfare of livestock are met.

The annual event, taking place today (31 May) and 1 June, has some of the best livestock on show from around the country and gives team members the opportunity to offer advice and guidance to the wider farming community.  Over 65,000 people are expected to visit the show over the two days with more than 2,500 animals expected to take part, including cattle, sheep, pigs and horses.

The team work with event organisers and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to make sure the rules are followed and the animals are safe and their welfare needs met.

The team are also responsible for overseeing the rules relating to animal health and welfare at more than 3,500 farms across the county. This includes enforcing the rules for bovine tuberculosis and disease outbreaks such as avian influenza as well as animal welfare rules on farm or in transport.

Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said:

“Our animal health team have an important role to play helping ensure that the rules for animal health and welfare are followed.  It’s a busy job as the role involves protecting public health as well as animal health and welfare.

“The county show is always a popular event, with numerous livestock exhibitors and visitors from farming communities. It gives the team a great opportunity to meet people and to talk with livestock keepers themselves.  If you’re going to this year’s show remember to say hello when you see them.”

People can read more about the work of the Trading Standards Animal Health Team here.

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