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Primary Animal Health Care ('PAHC')

Definition of PAHC
Primary Animal Health Care (‘PAHC’) is the good management practices, undertaken on an ongoing daily basis by the livestock handler, that are required to maintain health and production. PAHC can only be provided by the livestock handler, who sees the animals on a daily basis, and actions treatment in consultation with veterinary services!     PAHC is a process of daily observation, closer examination and the recording and reporting thereof that leads to the early identification and treatment of the first signs of disease.
The Goal of PAHC
1. To establish the knowledge, skills and tools needed at the first line of defense against livestock disease and production loss.
2. To ensure livestock handlers undertake a structured observation of their animals on an ongoing daily basis.
3. To improve disease recording and reporting, so that veterinary services can develop seasonal disease prevention and treatment strategies.