About Us - About AHI
Animal Health Ireland (AHI) was formally launched on 28th January 2009. It is an industry-led, not-for-profit partnership between livestock producers, processors, animal health advisers and government. Its remit includes diseases and conditions of livestock which are endemic in Ireland, but which are not currently subject to regulation and coordinated programmes of control. AHI will not become involved in the direct provision of on-farm animal health services, which will continue to be supplied by existing providers. Neither will it sponsor or promote the services provided to livestock farmers by any individual commercial entity.
AHI provides benefits to livestock producers and processors by providing the knowledge, education and coordination required to establish effective control programmes for non-regulated diseases of livestock. As an independent, science-driven organisation, AHI operates by the principle that Irish livestock farmers and the associated industry should have access to international best practice in herd health. To ensure that this is the case, advice provided by AHI is, wherever possible, subjected to international peer-review. In this way, the Board and Stakeholders of AHI are enabled to take decisions on the future direction of the Company, armed with the best possible information.
Animal Health Ireland will be recognised as a world-class resource enabling Irish farmers and the agri-food industry to achieve and maintain the highest international standards of animal health, to improve the profitability and sustainability of their enterprises and to enhance the value and competitiveness of Irish products in the marketplace.
Through superior animal health, to enhance value for beef and dairy farmers, and the agri-food industry.
Through superior animal health and welfare:
To enhance the profitability and sustainability of individual livestock farms;
To enhance the profitability of the food processing industry; and
To enhance the quality image and competitiveness of Irish livestock and food in the marketplace.
The following values are strongly held and underpin our work with, and on behalf of, our stakeholders:
Objective - we will continue to base our practices, including the design and development of our programmes, on research, robust analysis and technical expertise;
Collaborative - we can only succeed in achieving our industry-wide aims in collaboration with our stakeholders - we will continue to actively engage with our members to maximise their contributions to all aspects of our work programmes;
Innovative - we will constantly seek to be creative in seeking out the most efficient and effective solutions to address our stakeholders’ priorities;
Accountable - we will continue to be wholly accountable and fully transparent as to how our members’ resources are used in the pursuit of our shared objectives.