COP26 – the animal health sector’s role in sustainability

With COP26 underway in Glasgow, the National Office of Animal Health said it, and the animal health industry as a whole, is supporting the drive towards sustainability and helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

NOAH’s Environmental Commitment
NOAH and its members are working to promote sustainability across the animal health industry, using the power of innovation to help the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

Dawn Howard, NOAH’s chief executive, said: “We have established a dedicated Environment and Sustainability committee to bring together leading players within our industry and look at how we can achieve this.”

Driving sustainability across the industry
NOAH said its members are playing a leading role in driving sustainability across UK farming and securing a green economic recovery. They are working to bring about more sustainable farming across the UK, by helping to keep animals healthy.

Mrs Howard said: “In particular, we are great supporters of the power of vaccines! Not only do our members develop brand new vaccines, but we advocate for better vaccine strategies using the range of products already available for vets and farmers.

“Vaccines play a major role in making farming more sustainable. Did you know that vaccination against endemic disease has been proven to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also being cost-effective?”

The power of green innovation 
NOAH said its members are at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge innovations which directly contribute to more sustainable precision farming and food production in the UK and around the world! Heathier animals have a reduced environmental footprint, and NOAH members have developed innovative tools which help prevent animal diseases and ensure that they are diagnosed and treated with greater accuracy.

Mrs Howard said: “Preventing disease on farms builds resilience for the UK farming sector while ensuring food is produced in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Research has shown that improving animal health, genetics and husbandry can cut livestock emissions by 30% – making a huge contribution to Net Zero efforts!”

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