SWHLI Knowledge Exchange
In recognition of the importance of the livestock sector to the South West region, the South West Regional Development Agency has committed £12.17m of European Development Funding over five years for a SW Healthy Livestock Initiative. This represents an exciting opportunity for farmers, and those wishing to work with farmers on methods of treating or controlling of disease. The livestock sector is important within the South West, with 25% of the national population of livestock being reared within the region. The industry is worth approximately £2 billion to the region at the farm gate, making a significant contribution to the economy.
The aim of the programme is to achieve an uplift in the profitability of the South West livestock industry by improving health and welfare among farmed animals. This project is RDPE funded and is being delivered through the South West of England Regional Development Agency, with Defra as the Managing Authority.
The Knowledge Exchange Project
As part of the SWHLI Initiative, the SWHLI Knowledge Exchange project is being delivered by the Rural Business School in partnership with The University of Bristol Veterinary School. The project will provide knowledge support to the SWHLI sector projects operating across the region as well as communicating the resulting information on the health and welfare of the region’s livestock to the wider farming community.
For further information on the SWHLI programme, visit www.swhli.co.uk.
This project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas. SWHLI Knowledge Exchange is a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funded initiative, through the South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA), administered by Duchy College with Defra as the managing authority. For more information please visit the EU Commission’s Rural Development website.