SHETLAND ANIMAL HEALTH SCHEME (SAHS)
The Shetland Animal Health Scheme focuses on protecting and enhancing the health status of cattle and sheep on Shetland and tackles a wide variety of diseases.
The scheme will provide a screening service for a range of livestock diseases at the point of livestock entry into Shetland. This Scheme is all-inclusive, and ensures that all stock entering Shetland is tested for the selected diseases and delivers on farm monitoring of herds and flocks to ensure that the test on entry is an effective disease control method. The Scheme is provided as a service for the agricultural community at large, and makes no charge nor levy for testing of imported stock — Aid provided under this scheme is granted in kind by means of subsidised services, and will not involve direct payment of money to producers. By testing imported livestock for disease, the principle aim of SAHS is to sustain the high health status of Shetland's sheep and cattle.
The scheme is open to all keepers of sheep and cattle on Shetland. Animals are tested by a veterinary surgeon on arrival at the pier in Shetland at a specialised facility. Any necessary follow up testing and flock screening is carried out on Shetland holdings. The Shetland Animal Health Schemes provide disease information which can then be acted upon in an appropriate manner by the farmer after consultation with his private veterinary surgeon.
The scheme is funded by Shetland Islands Council under Commission Regulation (EU) No. 702/2014, Article 26 (Aid for the costs of the prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases and plant pests and aid to make good the damage caused by animal diseases or plant pests.) The Shetland Animal Health Scheme does not provide direct funding to farmers, this ensures compliance with requirements of Article 26 which disallows funding of the beneficiary in the event of their deliberately or negligently causing disease.
Contact the SAHS
Shetland Animal Health Scheme
Shetland Islands Council
Infrastructure Services Department
Environmental Health & Trading Standards
Phone: 01595 744713