Cheviot Futures

United in a Changing Landscape

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What are the implications of climate change on animal welfare?
Predicted climate change effects of increased temperatures and wetter winter seasons in particular are likely to present additional pest and disease issues for farmers.
Increased temperatures and reduced incidence of frosts may mean that disease vectors survive over winter and increase in prevalence, whilst new pest and disease pressures may become apparent due to a northwards shift of vectors etc. For example insect-borne diseases such as Bluetongue and Schmallenberg may be a greater problem, alongisde other emergent issues.
Disease risk may be increased as s result, or new vectors may simply displace existing ones to maintain a level playing field with new players.

An increase in winter rainfall may lead to a greater incidence of waterlogged ground, increasing habitat for the snail responsible for liver fluke in both sheep and cattle. This, combined with the potential for flukicide resistance, may mean fluke management becomes a greater issue.

Increased surface runoff and greater flood risk may also increase the transport of water-borne pest and disease concerns such as fluke or cryptosporidium, potentially broadening the area of affected farm holdings.

Cheviot Futures has sought advice on the implications of climate change on farm animal welfare from local veterinary contacts.

More information, supplied by Jenny Hull (MRCVS) of Alnorthumbria is available on the animal welfare project page, which also includes additional downloadable information.
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