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15 February 2017
Free Range Producers Decry 'Postcode Lottery' in Bird Flu Rules
UK - The British Free Range Egg Producers Association is calling for Defra to allow all free range hens in England to be allowed outside at the end of February before producers go out of business....
13 February 2017
View from the Countryside - Farmers Showing Stoicism Amid Bird Flu Restriction Challenges
UK - The view of avian influenza from the countryside is one of stoic acceptance, writes Richard Gard, as farmers try their best to improve biosecurity and prevent the spread of disease....
Control Zones Formed Around Suffolk Farm Following Bird Flu Investigation
UK - The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has announced an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone around a poultry premises near Redgrave, in the district of mid-Suffolk, following investigation into a suspected case of avian influenza where laboratory...
10 February 2017
Concerns Remain Over New Bird Flu Rules for Free Range Producers
UK - Farming organisations have reacted with relief to the new rules proposed by the government to deal with bird flu, which should preserve free range status for many egg producers around the country....
09 February 2017
Free Range Status to be Preserved in Most Parts of England as Biosecurity Gets More Specific
UK - The government has set out initial plans to update temporary measures in place to reduce the risk of avian flu in England, after the current Prevention Zone expires on 28 February 2017....
08 February 2017
Retailers Asked to Continue Supporting Free Range Poultry Producers
UK - British retailers have been asked to continue supporting poultry farmers – whose birds have been housed to protect them from bird flu - as the EU 12 week derogation protecting their free-range status nears its end....
01 February 2017
Politicians Urged to Save Free Range Status as Bird Flu Housing Orders Continue
UK - The UK Farming Union Presidents will hold urgent discussions with MEPs and EU decision-makers, urging them to extend the 12-week free-range status of poultry impacted by the compulsory housing order to prevent bird flu that is in place until 28 February....
31 January 2017
Tenth Year of Growth for UK Egg Sales
UK - Retail egg sales grew by almost 5 per cent in 2016, equating to more than 250 million extra eggs, according to latest data issued by British Lion eggs. ...
Further Bird Flu Found in Lancashire
UK - H5N8 avian influenza has been found at another site in Lancashire. ...
30 January 2017
More Pheasants Killed by Avian Flu in Lancashire
UK - The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed a second case of H5N8 avian flu at a premises in Wyre, Lancashire....
27 January 2017
Debate Reveals Opportunities to Improve Farm Animal Welfare After Brexit
UK - A commons debate about farm animal welfare post-Brexit saw the Government confirm leaving the EU offers an opportunity to improve welfare standards in areas such as slaughter, farm support systems and labelling, according to the RSPCA....
26 January 2017
Avian Flu Confirmed on Lancashire Farm
UK - The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of farmed breeding pheasants at a premises in Wyre, Lancashire....
Bird Flu Housing Order Extended to March for Poultry in Northern Ireland
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Poultry keepers in Northern Ireland have been ordered to keep birds indoors to protect them from avian flu until 16 March - an extension of the original time of the Prevention Zone....
25 January 2017
Poultry Club Meets Defra to Discuss Rare Breed Survival in Bird Flu Outbreaks
UK - The Poultry Club of Great Britain (PCGB) has hailed the results of a meeting with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)....
24 January 2017
Brexit Presents Opportunities for British Agri-Science, Says MP
UK - Western markets are going through profound political change and Brexit offers an ideal opportunity for the UK to once again become a powerhouse of global technical innovation, according to George Freeman MP....
23 January 2017
New Inquiry Launched into Implications of Brexit on UK Agriculture
UK - The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has launched a new inquiry into the implications of Brexit on UK agriculture....
19 January 2017
Avian Flu Spreads to Uganda, Threatening Millions of Birds
GLOBAL - Uganda is the latest African country to report a H5 type of avian influenza, according to the latest reports to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)....
18 January 2017
Second Lincolnshire Turkey Farm Hit by Bird Flu
UK - The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of turkeys at a farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire....
Farming Union Highlights Concerns Over Free Trade Approach to Brexit
UK - In a major speech yesterday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May outlined some of the government's key priorities for negotiating the exit from the European Union, but UK farming organisations pointed out there was still considerable uncertainty about...
17 January 2017
Huge Poultry Population May Make Planet More 'Infectable'
UK - Mass livestock production is driving molecular changes in diseases that could lead to human pandemics, a professor from the University of Exeter suggests in a new book....
13 January 2017
Eggs Associated with Better Brain Test Performance
FINLAND - A Finnish study, published in the December 2016 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has concluded that moderate egg intake may have a beneficial association with certain areas of cognitive performance, according to the British...
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....
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