Farming is often cited as a major contributor to climate change through impacts on global warming and the environment. As the global population increases past the 8 billion mark, the role of sustainable farming has never been so important.
Farm vets as trusted advisors and advocates are integral to supporting sustainable and regenerative farming practices.
Through their wide-reaching influence, farm vets can offer solutions and lead conversations championing a less and better philosophy.
But what are the facts? It can be difficult for vets to navigate the complexity and conflicting information regarding this subject.
Within the factsheet we outline some of the key considerations to inspire vets when approaching these conversations with farmers, and to act as a starting point towards encouraging a more regenerative mindset.
David Black, managing director of VetSalus said: “After feedback from veterinary colleagues we set out to develop a user-friendly resource for vet professionals to inspire and enable them to have discussions around sustainability in agriculture; we have provided concepts and evidence to help initiate and maintain meaningful dialogue, thus avoiding polarising debate”
Ed Bailey, chair of Vet Sustain said: “Sustainable food and farming is a complex and nuanced subject in which there are many different competing views.
“This can feel overwhelming as a practising vet trying to navigate conversations with farmers, colleagues or friends who look to us for knowledge and advice.
“This resource is a starting point to help engage and understand more about the challenges and solutions.”
We are excited to launch the factsheet at this years BCVA congress where it will be displayed as a poster, presented in the “Planning for a more Sustainable Future” workshop led by Hannah Davies, Vet Sustain’s technical content lead, as well as added to delegate bags.
Vet Sustain and VetSalus hope that the factsheet will help to enable and inspire farm vets when discussing the future of sustainable food production with farmers.
Further information and a link to download the factsheet can be found on the Vet Sustain and VetSalus websites.