Animal Health launches news alert service
Defra's Animal Health section has announced the launch
of a free news alert service to help people on the move keep in touch with the
latest developments on notifiable animal disease.
The target is primarily farmers. By registering, subscribers will receive
alerts on up to five notifiable animal diseases - foot and mouth disease,
bluetongue, avian influenza, Newcastle disease and classical swine fever.
Alerts can be received via voicemail on a landline telephone or mobile
telephone, via text, fax or email.
This new service complements Animal Health's other channels for keeping the
farming community and stakeholders informed about the latest developments on
notifiable animal diseases - the Animal Health website, the Animal Health
Recorded Information Line and Animal Health's instant messaging system which
allows the organisation to send messages to livestock keepers, local veterinary
practices and local stakeholders where contact details are held.
Animal Health Chief Executive, Glenys
Stacey, highlighted the importance of keeping livestock farmers up-to-date at a
time of a disease outbreak.
"Although we have been able to improve our communications significantly we
know we are not targeting everyone that we need to. The new subscription service
means our customers can choose the way they receive information and can choose
which disease or diseases they want to be updated about."
To sign up online visit the Animal Health website at www.defra.gov.uk/animalhealth
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