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12 January 2017
Farmers, Smallholders Warned Not to Feed Kitchen Scraps to Animals
UK - The Animal and Plant Health Agency is warning farmers and smallholders not to feed catering or kitchen waste to livestock such as pigs and poultry, even if they are being kept as pets....
11 January 2017
Poultry Club Reaffirms Commitment to Protecting UK Flocks from Bird Flu
UK - Traditional poultry breed organisation The Poultry Club of Great Britain has rebuffed claims made by NFU President Meurig Raymond that backyard poultry keepers are endangering commercial poultry keepers in the UK....
Vets Urge Owners to Keep Backyard Flocks Safe Amid Avian Flu Spread
UK - The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) are urging backyard poultry keepers to protect their flocks with practical biosecurity steps....
10 January 2017
Celebrities and Pop-Up Restaurant to Promote Eggs in 2017
UK - A trio of top celebrities are spearheading a £1m recipe egg marketing campaign for 2017 promoting the culinary and health benefits of eggs....
09 January 2017
Avian Flu Confirmed in North Yorkshire Backyard Flock
UK - The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks near Settle in North Yorkshire....
05 January 2017
UK Farmers Urged to 'Step Up' to Address Global Competitiveness
UK - Farmers, growers and the food industry need to “step up” to address the challenge of agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a rapidly-changing world....
UK Avian Flu Housing Order Extended to End of February
UK - In response to the continued, heightened risk of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, the existing Avian Influenza Prevention Zones will remain in force until 28 February....
Cuts to 'Red Tape' Promised for UK Farmers
UK - Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has outlined her hopes for a reduced regulatory burden on farmers when the UK leaves the European Union, saying this should help them to get on with growing food....
04 January 2017
Backyard Birds Culled After Bird Flu Outbreak in Wales
WALES, UK - The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed Avian Influenza H5N8 in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks on a premises near Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire....
MPs Warn of Concerns for Farming in Brexit Negotiations
UK - MPs are warning the Government that the farming sector and environmental protections must not be weakened during the process of leaving the EU or afterwards....
03 January 2017
Targets Task Force Co-ordinates on Antibiotic Reduction in Farming
UK - A new ‘Targets Task Force’ has met for the first time to discuss how meaningful objectives to reduce, refine and replace antibiotic use in all UK livestock sectors can be identified....
Further Wild Birds Found Dead from Avian Flu Across UK
UK - Two wild birds in England have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of avian influenza, as well as one wild bird in Scotland, the Chief Veterinary Officers confirmed on 23 December....
23 December 2016
Top Tips for Bird Flu Prevention
GLOBAL - In recent weeks there has been an explosion of avian influenza outbreaks in both poultry flocks and wild birds in the Northern hemisphere, as wild birds go through their annual migration to warmer climes, writes The Poultry Site's Editor Alice...
22 December 2016
Bird Flu Found in Wild Duck in Wales
UK - The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed today (22 December) a finding of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 in a wild duck, a wigeon, in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire....
21 December 2016
CCTV Not Needed in Slaughterhouses, Welsh Government Decides
WALES, UK - Vets have expressed their disappointment at a report instructed by the Welsh Government that recommends CCTV should not be mandatory in slaughterhouses in Wales....
Poultry Gatherings Halted Following Avian Flu Case
UK - A temporary suspension on gatherings of some species of birds will apply across England, Scotland and Wales following a case of highly pathogenic avian flu of the H5N8 strain at a farm in Lincolnshire....
20 December 2016
Poultry Farmer Confidence Falls Amid Prospects of Labour Shortage
UK - Farmer confidence in the dairy and livestock sectors has risen over the last year, with overall farmer confidence for 2017 rising by 12 points, a new survey by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has revealed....
UK Poultry Farm Incomes Fall for Second Year Running
UK - Poultry farm incomes fell 16 per cent in the most recent financial year, following on from a 19 per cent decline the year before, according to the latest Farm Business Survey carried out across England by a group of universities and colleges....
GM Technology Unlocks Potential for New Generation of Poultry Vaccines
UK - Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have used genetic engineering to develop a more efficient and effective vaccine for Marek’s disease which could pave the way for a new generation of poultry disease vaccines....
19 December 2016
Farmers Urged to Take Extra Care to Work Safely in Winter
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging farmers to take extra care this winter to stay safe and well on farm....
Bird Flu Found on Lincolnshire Farm
UK – The H5N8 strain of avian influenza was confirmed at a farm in Lincolnshire on Friday 16 December....
16 December 2016
Have a Healthy Christmas - Don't Wash Your Turkey
SCOTLAND, UK - Food Standards Scotland (FSS) recently launched a new food safety campaign to highlight the risks of food poisoning over the festive season from washing raw poultry and not washing hands properly....
14 December 2016
Survey Shows Brits Rely on Eggs to Cure Hangovers
UK - A new survey, carried out by One Poll on 2000 British adults in September, has revealed that a full English breakfast is the fastest acting hangover cure and the preferred remedy for Brits battling the aftermath of a heavy night....
09 December 2016
Poultry Experts Share Top Tips as Avian Flu Rules Drive Birds Indoors
UK – All poultry must move indoors, UK bird keepers were told on Wednesday, as a precaution against a virulent strain of avian influenza that has been spreading through Europe in the past few weeks. But poultry keepers seem largely positive about this...
08 December 2016
UK Farmers Told to Plan Strategy Ahead of Potential Brexit Downturn
UK - Farmers could enjoy a buoyant couple of years ahead of Brexit but the industry may face another downturn after 2020, experts have warned. It is therefore vital that they re-evaluate their business plans to make the most of the good times and protect...
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