Moredun was in attendance at the SRUC – SEPA Biennial Conference in Edinburgh this week (1-2nd March 2016) to discuss the environmental, land management and animal health challenges facing the future of our farming systems.
The issues raised at the conference including discussions resulting from Moredun’s presentations attracted the attention of the BBC’s Out of Doors radio programme.
What Future for our Farming Systems: Environmental Challenges and Integrated Solutions brought together scientists, policy makers, land management and environmental organisations to debate the benefits to be gained from more sustainable resource use and greater integration of different land uses on lowland and upland farming systems. The SRUC - SEPA Conference also provided a forum platform to discuss how working together can help develop and support multi-functional agriculture and wider ecosystem services within a healthy and thriving rural economy.
Moredun’s Philip Skuce and Beth Wells presented a paper entitled “Land Management and its potential impact on livestock productivity and human and animal health” - Philip Skuce, Ruth Zadoks, James Green (Scottish Water), Lee Innes and Beth Wells - which discussed case studies of the interaction between land management and animal or public health, with examples drawn from a range of livestock and wildlife pathogens. The paper aims to illustrate issues, risks and potential solutions and to raise awareness of the importance of animal health as a consideration in land management choices.
The episode of BBC Out of Doors featuring the topics raised at the conference is available on BBC iPlayer until the end of March - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072j69t (approximately 21 minutes into the programme).