HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 c203W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will undertake further research into methods of livestock production which reduce disease levels without the use of drugs; and if he will make a statement. [19215]

Mrs. Browning

One of the Department's research objectives is to promote disease control in livestock through methods other than treatment with veterinary medicines. The sustainable livestock production research programme, jointly funded by Government and industry, includes work to improve the efficiency of control of diseases in farm animals and therefore to reduce the amount of veterinary medicines used. In addition, there is ongoing research into organic livestock production methods.