Targets Task Force

The intention to form the RUMA Targets Task Force was first announced in May 2016 by RUMA. The group convened for its inaugural meeting in December 2016. Its specific aim was to deliver on the Government objective of identifying sector-specific targets for the reduction, refinement or replacement of antibiotics in animal agriculture. It reports its findings at the 2017 RUMA conference on 27 October 2017.

The members of the RUMA Targets Task Force are (by sector alphabetically):

Beef

  • Hugh Broom, Surrey beef farmer and NFU Livestock Board member
  • Dr Elizabeth Berry, specialist cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member

Dairy

  • Di Wastenage, Devon dairy farmer and Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Council member
  • Dr Elizabeth Berry, specialist cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member

Eggs

  • Richard Kempsey, free-range egg farmer and Technical Director of Stonegate
  • Paul McMullin, Consultant Veterinarian to the British Egg Industry Executive

Fish

  • Dr John Webster, Technical Director at the Scottish Salmon Producers Association
  • Ronnie Soutar, specialist fish vet and President of the Fish Veterinary Society

Gamebirds

  • Paul Jeavons, Worcestershire game farmer and Chairman of the Health and Welfare committee of the Game Farmers` Association
  • Christian Blake-Dyke, specialist poultry and game bird vet from Poultry Health Services

Pigs

  • Richard Lister, Yorkshire pig farmer and Chairman of the National Pig Association
  • Mark White, President of the Pig Veterinary Society and Chairman of PVS Medicines Sub-committee

Poultry Meat

  • Thomas Wornham, Hertfordshire poultry producer
  • Daniel Parker, specialist poultry vet and Veterinary Adviser to the British Poultry Council

Sheep

  • Charles Sercombe, Leicestershire sheep farmer and Chair of the NFU Livestock Board
  • Dr Fiona Lovatt, specialist sheep vet
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