Cambrian News photographer - Dr Rebekah Stuart is looking forward to the challenge of improving animal health planning and productivity

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales has appointed Dr Rebekah Stuart as its flock and herd health executive as part of the £9.2m Red Meat Development Programme.

Cambrian News reported “Rebekah, who was brought up on a beef farm in Ireland, completed her undergraduate degree in zoology at University College Cork. She then completed a PhD at Aberystwyth University, where she focused on veterinary parasitology. She has previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at IBERS, Aberystwyth, and at the Wales Veterinary Science Centre.

At HCC, Rebekah will be looking after the Flock and Herd Health project within the Red Meat Development Programme, focusing on improving health planning on beef and sheep farms, whilst working collaboratively with farmers, veterinary practises and other industry organisations.

The project will be carried out as one of three strands of the Red Meat Development Programme – a five-year initiative to improve efficiency and profitability in the Welsh red meat supply chain. The projects are being led by HCC and have been funded through the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme.

Rebekah said: “I’m delighted to be undertaking this role at Hybu Cig Cymru and I’m particularly looking forward to the challenge of improving animal health planning and ultimately productivity on farms across Wales.

“We will be recruiting farmers to join the project at the Winter Fair later this month and I would encourage Welsh sheep and beef farmers to come to the HCC stand to learn more about the project” here.

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