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The Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has confirmed that badger culling will begin in the second year of the test, vaccinate or remove (TVR) wildlife intervention research project, as part of the overall bovine TB eradication strategy. In year one of the project badgers were cage trapped, tested for bovine TB, and released. In year two badgers will be re-trapped and tested. Those that test positive will be culled using a ...





Badger culling to begin in Northern Ireland research project: BVA response

The Department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has confirmed that badger culling will begin in the second year of the test, vaccinate or ...


Monitor cattle growth rates to keep on top of worms

The summer grazing season provides a real challenge for weaned calves and growing cattle in terms of worm burdens. Implementing a parasite management ...


Veterinary Centre closure 'will rob livestock farmers' in Scotland

Farmers and vets have come together to fight the proposed closure of Inverness Veterinary Surveillance centre – a move that would rob livestock farmer...


Farm monitor focuses on combating Johne's Disease

The incurable cattle disease Johne’s was one of the main discussion topics at the recent beef cattle finishing monitor farm meeting, hosted by the Pat...


Now gundogs have their own insurance!

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New technology aims to reduce environmental impact within meat production

With the average cow producing 1000 times more methane than a human, meat production plays a big role in greenhouse gas emissions. But in a world wher...


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International experts from Norway and the USA join the line-up of speakers at the 2015 Sheep Breeders Round Table to discuss the opportunities and cha...


One size fits nobody – Merial advises targeted approach to parasite control in sheep

As the sheep parasite season continues, Merial Animal Health is reminding farmers of the benefits of adopting a planned approach to worm control that ...


BVA update to 'Suspect BSE case highlights importance of disease surveillance'

The Irish government has confirmed that the cow tested positive and that the case was isolated to a single animal. The infected cow was not presented...


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Managing mid-season worm pressures could have significant economic and performance benefits for dairy herds. This is the advice from the COWS industry...


New RSPCA Assured food label hits supermarket shelves

A new ethical food label - assured by the RSPCA - has been launched in a bid to help improve the lives of a further 100 million farm animals, plus man...


Global alliance to bring together research on avian diseases

The Global Alliance for Research on Avian Disease (GARAD) conference will be held between 29 June – 1 July, creating global partnerships to bring toge...


Report finds evidence of MRSA in pork

Evidence that British-produced supermarket pig meat is contaminated by MRSA has been found in new research. MRSA of livestock origin can cause seri...



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