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02-09-2014 13:32 PM | Viewed 46 times

Horse meat in food - limits of detection

A peer-reviewed paper which describes a study to evaluate the probability of detecting low concentrations of the horse DNA target using the PCR-CE/FA0220 method (the PCR-CE approach described in the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs project FA0220), and commercially available kits from Neogen BioKits and PrimerDesign. The study determined the limit of detection of the three selected methods to assess the comparability of results.
29-08-2014 15:36 PM | Viewed 268 times

SEPRA Market Report - 29th August 2014

SEPRA Market Report - 29th August 2014
27-08-2014 06:55 AM | Viewed 711 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 322 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 281 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.
27-08-2014 06:13 AM | Viewed 257 times

More information about the Common Agricultural Policy

The way farmers, land managers and agents will apply for schemes and claim Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payment is changing; they will need to use the new CAP Information Service (CAPIS).
22-08-2014 13:46 PM | Viewed 571 times

SEPRA Market Report - 22nd August 2014

SEPRA Market Report - 22nd August 2014
21-08-2014 05:06 AM | Viewed 525 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 501 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 15:19 PM | Viewed 573 times

SEPRA Market Report - 15th August 2014

SEPRA Market Report - 15th August 2014