Latest Briefing in Sustainability and Communities
Rapid change is altering livestock disease risks in Scotland so it is essential that we monitor the situation and offer timely policy advice to the Scottish Government.
The overarching purpose of EPIC is to provide access to high quality advice and analyses on the epidemiology and control of animal diseases that are important to Scotland and to best prepare for the next major disease incursion.
Ultimately, this strategic advice will help ensure that the interests of the stakeholders involved in disease emergency planning and response are met as effectively as possible.
Recent Briefings in Sustainability and Communities
Barriers to the Uptake of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for Genetic Selection & Improvement in the Scottish Sheep Sector
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Published on 13 February 2013 in Sustainability and Communities
Liver Fluke in Sheep and Cattle - A Major Animal Health Concern Following One of the Wettest UK Summers on Record
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