County Parish Holdings (CPH) Programme
Animal Health is the lead delivery agent for the progression of the next stage of work which follows on from the Livestock Movements Units (LMUs) Project.
In July 2006 the Madders Review of Livestock Movement Controls recommended the introduction of Livestock Movement Unit’s (LMUs). An LMU is described as one or more land parcel or building under the same management and control and with the same disease risk. The LMU project was initially set up to explore the practicality of implementing LMUs and identifying a number of options for doing so.
This area of work will be taken forward by a new programme – called the CPH Programme . The programme has been tasked to review the usage of CPHs and produce a robust business case in order to secure funding for implementing changes. In the future, it is proposed that the CPH will represent a group of land and buildings upon which livestock may be kept. The land and buildings will be grouped, based on risk criteria, mapped and linked to keeper information. This picture of land and buildings combined with other key information such as keeper name and contact details will represent an individual livestock holding record and meet the EU requirements for a holding register. This, in conjunction with the simplification of movement reporting rules, will provide greater clarity on livestock movement reporting.
This follows on from:
• the completion of the Livestock Partnership LMU field study project on visits to around 80 farms across England and Wales. Field Study report available by following link at bottom of page:
• the Livestock Information Strategy Group chaired by Katrina Williams the Director General of Food and Farming Group, which has been reviewing all livestock information systems. The group considered proposals from the Madders Review to introduce LMUs to record the land and buildings where livestock are kept to help reduce the regulatory burden on livestock farmers. The CPH Programme will report into this Strategy Group.
The Next steps:
The programme will focus on delivery and continued engagement with stakeholders. Work is currently underway to identify key stakeholders and set out a clear engagement strategy for the critical stages moving forward. The priority for the programme is to complete an Outline Business Case early in the new financial year. This will involve working with some key stakeholders to develop high level business rules and understand the major impacts on existing systems, processes and organisations. This will be an iterative process. The next phase of the programme which will lead to the delivery of a full business case will provide opportunity for a much wider range of stakeholders to contribute and shape the programme as it moves forward.
If you would like any further information about the CPH Programme please contact Phil Qua on 01904 454445 or Chris Saville (Wales) 01981 550934.