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NFU urge lobbying over beak trim review

NFU urge lobbying over beak trim review
28-08-2014 10:57 AM | Animal Health, News, Poultry
NFU urge lobbying over beak trim review
The EU Council Directive on the Welfare of Laying Hens permits member states to authorise beak tipping in order to prevent feather pecking and canniba...
28-08-2014 03:31 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Wildlife trusts urge badger vaccination schemes
Vaccination schemes are being demonstrated as a 'practical, cost-effective option' in dealing with bovine tuberculosis, an animal trust is claiming in...
27-08-2014 05:52 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News
Natural England gives go-ahead for second badger cull
The second year of badger culling will begin in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset this autumn, Natural England has announced. The government a...
20-08-2014 12:34 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Defra urged to extend badger vaccination scheme ahead of cull
With this year’s badger cull rumoured to start in the coming weeks, DEFRA has been urged by the Humane Society International to expand its limited Bad...
19-08-2014 04:49 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Innovative feeder proven as badger deterrent
A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with a feed...
New elite short gestatiuon Angus sire joins Sterling Sires
A new British-bred Aberdeen Angus bull offering minus 4.9 days gestation length has joined the Sterling Sires line up. Oakchurch Duke N121 has calving...
12-08-2014 12:44 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Farmers warned over production losses to lungworm
Treating lungworm infection swiftly and effectively in beef and dairy cattle is vital to help prevent major losses in productivity, according to Meria...
12-08-2014 03:36 AM | Animal Health, News
Glenrock sale offers some of the UK’s best Limousin genetics
Limousin breeders are being offered the opportunity to buy some fantastic pedigree bloodlines in a one-off special sale. Almost the entire Glenrock...
Support an end to non-stun slaughter, vets urge party leaders
Party leaders in the United Kingdom have been urged to support a veterinary campaign to end non-stun slaughter. Writing to party leaders, Robin Har...
08-08-2014 05:41 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Vaccination of badgers: Review of risks
A badger vaccine has the potential to reduce infection of cattle and a vaccination could also have a role in protecting uninfected badger populations...
01-08-2014 02:36 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Further reports of African Swine Fever in Europe
There have been three further reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) in domestic pigs in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. In all three countries statutory ...
31-07-2014 02:03 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
August brings lungworm risks to unvaccinated cattle
Unvaccinated calves during their first grazing season are most at risk of lungworm infection this August, according to the NADIS Parasite Forecast. ...
30-07-2014 09:48 AM | Animal Health, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
North Yorkshire farm hosts sheep lameness trial
The issue of antibiotics versus trimming as a means of controlling lameness in sheep is often debated, so a new trial at Marrick Abbey Farm in North Y...
29-07-2014 05:20 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Government urged to act as MRSA found in British pig
The government is being called on to carry out a full MRSA survey of the UK pig industry to determine how widespread the superbug is after the first-e...
TB ranked as greatest constraint for dairy farmers
The initial findings of the most comprehensive survey of dairy farmers were released at the Royal Welsh Show today with responses indicating a 20% ris...
21-07-2014 22:02 PM | Animal Health
New Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector
A new report outlining the state of global agri-technology has been released today. The report produced by UK Agri-Food & Drink (UKAFD) Ltd, is the f...
18-07-2014 11:19 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News
Bovine TB rates fall to lowest in 10 years
Incidents of Bovine TB in cattle fell in April to their lowest levels in almost ten years, according to the latest statistics from Defra. The numbe...
10-07-2014 13:30 PM | Animal Health, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Welfare of farm animals can be improved 'by planting trees'
Sheep farmers are being invited to discover how the health and welfare of their animals, and productivity of land, can be improved, by planting trees....
09-07-2014 16:08 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Farming family journey 'to hell and back' over positive TB test
A farmer whose herd of pedigree Jersey cows was established 110 years ago by his great-grandfather has told how his family has been “to hell and back”...
09-07-2014 10:19 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Select Committee 'fails to tackle antibiotic use in livestock'
With the publication today of a major report by the Science and Technology Committee, there is an admission that antibiotics are routinely used on hea...
04-07-2014 10:49 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Antibiotics in livestock farming 'is killing people and must stop'
In response to David Cameron's announcement, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics says the urgent reduction of antibiotic use in farming must become g...
03-07-2014 11:24 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Royals speak out on working horses
The Princess Royal attended yesterday this year’s colloquium on working horses to discuss the impact these animals have on humans in developing countr...
03-07-2014 10:20 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Porcine epidemic 'jeopardizing the livelihoods of farmers'
2014 has seen a devastating epidemic of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) in the USA, affecting more than 30 states and driving up the price of pork pr...
02-07-2014 19:59 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
First national model for Bovine TB calls for more focus on cattle
In a study published in Nature this week, a team of researchers based at the University of Warwick has produced the first national model to investigat...
02-07-2014 11:30 AM | Animal Health, News
Antibiotic review 'must consider animal health too'
Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement of a review into why so few antimicrobial drugs have been introduced has led the British Veterinary Associ...
23-06-2014 08:20 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
New Anglo-German student exchange to investigate viruses in badgers
An exchange of undergraduate students between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin ...
New research on the influence of phytase on calcium at European Poultry Conference
AB Vista’s Research Director, Dr Mike Bedford, will be presenting new research data at the XIVth European Poultry Conference (EPC) on the practical li...
23-06-2014 06:22 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Badger cull breaches wildlife convention, say charities
Potential negative impacts on protected wildlife caused by the badger cull are in breach of the Bern Convention, claim wildlife protection groups. ...
18-06-2014 09:51 AM | Animal Health
Nutrition and welfare key components of improved performance on expanding Lancashire dairy unit
A Lancashire dairy herd has set in motion several changes to its management strategy to prepare for a likely doubling in cow numbers in two years time...
17-06-2014 09:44 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Shotguns will be allowed in badger culls
Natural England has confirmed that the use of shotguns will continue to be permitted during this year’s badger culls, despite the Independent Expert P...
12-06-2014 02:48 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Shows and Events
New measures announced to help tackle bovine TB
A consultation proposing further measures to strengthen bovine TB cattle controls has been launched. The proposals come as new statistics published...
11-06-2014 08:04 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Cattle farmers should be alert to lungworm
The June NADIS Parasite Forecast has advised cattle farmers to be alert for signs of lungworm in their herds this summer. Symptoms may appear in unvac...
10-06-2014 07:16 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Small-scale badger cull risks spreading TB further, scientists warn
A pilot scheme to selectively cull badgers that test positive for tuberculosis risks spreading the disease further, according to scientists. The sc...
New panel to advise on animal health and welfare in Wales
Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, has appointed a group of specialists to support the introduction of a new Animal Health and Welfare Framework...
02-06-2014 10:27 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Defra 'breaching its own badger cull policy', says charity
The government is failing to comply with its own badger cull policy commitments by refusing to assess how badger cull populations were affected by sev...
Farmer workshops aim to tackle Johne's disease in cattle
Paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) is of welfare and production concern for cattle farms. A series of QMS funded workshops are being held across Scotl...
27-05-2014 06:36 AM | Animal Health, News, Sheep
Farmers need to stay alert to sheep scab
As famers welcome the warm weather, many will be breathing a sigh of relief as their worry about sheep scab subsides. However, with a significant numb...
26-05-2014 02:03 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Pig welfare: EFSA updates its scientific advice
EFSA has published an opinion on the issue of tail docking in pigs. Tail docking is a procedure carried out to reduce the risk of tail biting, one of ...
Calf testing initiative aims to eradicate BVD
Nationwide eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) - one of the most profit-draining infectious diseases of cattle - moved a significant step clos...
23-05-2014 03:27 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Liver fluke affecting one in four cattle
Liver fluke in cattle is on the rise according to the latest official data released by the Food Standards Agency. The figures for 2013 show that nearl...
22-05-2014 05:28 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Vets 'will not support' Badger Trust's judicial review
The Badger Trust has made an application for judicial review at the High Court to challenge the legality of the DEFRA Secretary of State's decision of...
20-05-2014 05:14 AM | News, Veterinary News, Animal Health, Cattle, Deer
Call for stronger TB surveillance for camelids
The NFU has called on government to strengthen TB controls for camelids to help stop the spread of bovine TB. In its response to a Defra consultati...
20-05-2014 02:26 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Two veterinary pioneers combine to bid for bTB testing delivery role
A new national service company has been formed to bid for appointment as a Delivery Partner for bovine TB and other farm animal disease testing under ...
15-05-2014 09:43 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
TB outbreak on discussion at NFU meeting
The devastating effect that a TB outbreak has on a farming business, alongside the Welsh Government’s proposals to move to a system of tabular valuati...
09-05-2014 09:58 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Anti-badger cull march to take place in Dorchester
A march against the badger cull on Saturday 17 May has been organised by the Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW). The group said the march ...
07-05-2014 01:04 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Disease causing pork shortages around the world, report says
Pork shortages will be a key concern in many countries in the coming months as the ongoing spread of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in the Am...
06-05-2014 03:03 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Thermal imaging cameras to prevent badger cull marksmen
Marksmen could be prevented from targeting badgers in a cull by thermal imaging cameras, according to campaigners against the cull. Local badger ca...
05-05-2014 09:28 AM | Animal Health, Deer, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Vets warn farmers over liver fluke risks
Sheep farmers are being warned that while liver fluke epidemics may have failed to hit the headlines during the recent winter, they have not disappear...
05-05-2014 02:29 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Lungworm immunity could be developed without vaccine
Farmers unable to obtain lungworm vaccine for young cattle this spring are being assured that some strategic worming options can allow the development...
28-04-2014 01:11 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
TB breakdowns 'have devastating effect on farming businesses'
The effect a TB breakdown can have on farming businesses was the main topic of discussion when a delegation of NFU members met with their local Assemb...
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