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27-08-2014 06:55 AM | Viewed 659 times

Monitoring the humaneness and effectiveness of badger culling in 2014

This document sets out how the effectiveness and humaneness of this year’s badger culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire will be monitored. The monitoring procedures have been developed by Defra working with Natural England and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA). They will be set out in both organisations’ standard operating procedures, to ensure that reporting is consistent and reliable.
27-08-2014 06:54 AM | Viewed 290 times

Guide on controlled shooting of badgers

This guide provides advice to those licensed to carry out controlled shooting of free-ranging badgers in the field to prevent the spread of bovine TB in cattle. It provides recommendations on best practice and highlights those areas of the technique that must be complied with, including licence conditions. This guidance does not itself authorise any of the actions described. These may only be undertaken where a specific licence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 authorising the killing of badgers has been issued, and in accordance with Class Licences WML-CL04 and WML-CL05 (as appropriate). The badger culling licences will require that all conditions are complied with, and that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that the licensed operations are carried out safely and humanely.
27-08-2014 06:41 AM | Viewed 242 times

Minimum and maximum badgers to be culled in year 2

This paper sets out Defra’s advice to Natural England on setting minimum and maximum number of badgers to be culled in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire in year 2 of the badger culls. This advice includes a summary of the methods considered by Defra for estimating the badger populations in these areas.
21-08-2014 05:06 AM | Viewed 502 times

July 2014 milk production figures

The United Kingdom wholesale milk deliveries totalled 1,230.8 million litres in July, the fourth month of the new milk year, figures released by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) show. At the same time last year this figure was 1,143.6 million litres. The cumulative total for the year is now 5,083.9 million litres. At the same point in 2013 this figure was 4,667.1 million litres.
18-08-2014 03:19 AM | Viewed 491 times

Livestock Keeper Satisfaction and Communication Survey Results

AHVLA has received largely positive feedback from livestock keepers about their experience of interacting with AHVLA staff and services.Four hundred livestock keepers provided feedback for a  satisfaction survey. Satisfaction levels have been maintained over the last two years and the survey highlighted areas of particular success, including AHVLA’s laboratory testing service, which received the highest satisfaction rating of 8.1 out of 10. Although the survey showed a broadly positive perception of the agency the survey identified some areas where improvements can be made, in particular written communications and query resolution).
15-08-2014 08:19 AM | Viewed 521 times

African and classical swine fever - GB disease control strategy

This disease control strategy for African and classical swine fever in Great Britain sets out the disease control measures we would consider if African or classical swine fever was suspected or confirmed in pigs in Great Britain.
15-08-2014 08:17 AM | Viewed 543 times

Bluetongue - GB disease control strategy

Sets out the disease control measures we would consider if bluetongue virus was suspected or confirmed in farm animals.
14-08-2014 06:20 AM | Viewed 567 times

CAP Reform - The new Common Agricultural Policy

Latest information about new CAP schemes in England, including more detail about greening, crop diversification and Ecological Focus Areas.
13-08-2014 09:53 AM | Viewed 439 times

2014 badger cull control policy

Consultations with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) about various topics relating to Defra's 2014 badger cull control policy.
01-08-2014 14:37 PM | Viewed 782 times

SEPRA Market Report - 1st August 2014

SEPRA Market Report - 1st August 2014