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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....
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....
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