The health and welfare of animals concerns not just livestock owners or government, but all of us.
There have been over 14 exotic notifiable disease outbreaks in the last 10 years including Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza and Bluetongue. The costs of each of these disease outbreaks range from £2 million to over £3 billion with knock-on effects in other economic sectors.
Contingency planning is part of the spectrum of work to ensure that the long term good health of livestock and the livestock industry is maintained.
This plan is for stakeholders to understand the Defra response to an exotic notifiable disease outbreak or incident and for operational partners to understand where their work fits in to the bigger picture. It is arranged in chronological order from preparedness to recovery.