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NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election

NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election
NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election
A Government that understands farm businesses, wants agriculture to grow and has the policies that send the right signals to farmers, are the key mess...
17-09-2014 05:44 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Farmers remain on guard over liverfluke
After last year’s fierce fluke challenge and with the wet and warm conditions having continued this year, farmers are right to remain on their guard a...
16-09-2014 10:23 AM | Pigs, Veterinary News, Animal Health, News
Pig industry introduces confidential reporting service
A confidential reporting service will be introduced to maintain animal welfare standards on British pig farms, the National Pig Association has reveal...
15-09-2014 05:27 AM | Veterinary News, Animal Health, Cattle, News
Farmers reminded of changes to Bovine TB rules
Farmers were reminded of impending changes to rules on Bovine TB pre-movement testing of cattle moving to and from premises within Sole Occupancy Auth...
09-09-2014 08:55 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Badger cull expected to begin 'as soon as tonight'
Badger culling in west Somerset and west Gloucestershire is expected to begin as soon as tonight, according to Humane Society International UK. Und...
09-09-2014 08:30 AM | Cattle, Dairy, News, Veterinary News, Animal Health
Dairy farmers risking cows' health with feeding, research says
Dairy farmers are potentially risking their cows’ health, fertility and production by inadvertently feeding rations containing mycotoxins and bacteria...
05-09-2014 06:29 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Calving at 2 Years? – Yes say the National Beef Association
“In the modern day beef industry there is little room for calving at 3 years old.” This is the message from Charlie Maclaren, newly appointed board me...
Minister's back Food Crime Unit after horsemeat scandal
The UK is to have a Food Crime Unit to fight fraudulent food trade after the recommendations in the Elliott report, commissioned after the horse meat ...
05-09-2014 05:26 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Vets warn farmers over common health concerns
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is encouraging farmers to work proactively with their vet to avoid common health concerns such as musculoskel...
04-09-2014 04:45 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Beef Association gives 'guarded' welcome to vaccination scheme
Bill Harper of the National Beef Association TB Committee has given a guarded welcome to the recently announced Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS)....
03-09-2014 03:26 AM | Animal Health, News, Sheep
Maintain lamb performance post weaning
Despite reliable spring grass growth and favourable conditions leading to strong lamb performance, producers are being urged to carefully manage finis...
03-09-2014 02:42 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Culling badgers 'not the answer' as vaccination scheme launched
A new badger vaccination scheme has been launched as part of the government’s comprehensive strategy to make England bovine TB free. Vaccination sc...
03-09-2014 02:37 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, Dairy, News
New research aims to improve dairy cow health
An new collaboration has been established to drive the innovative application of sensors to improve dairy cow health and welfare. The collaborativ...
Pig breeders warned over virus
Pig breeding companies are being urged to keep free from a virus that has had a devastating impact in the United States and Canada. As many as thre...
28-08-2014 10:57 AM | Animal Health, News, Poultry
NFU urge lobbying over beak trim review
The EU Council Directive on the Welfare of Laying Hens permits member states to authorise beak tipping in order to prevent feather pecking and canniba...
28-08-2014 03:31 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Wildlife trusts urge badger vaccination schemes
Vaccination schemes are being demonstrated as a 'practical, cost-effective option' in dealing with bovine tuberculosis, an animal trust is claiming in...
27-08-2014 05:52 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News
Natural England gives go-ahead for second badger cull
The second year of badger culling will begin in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset this autumn, Natural England has announced. The government a...
20-08-2014 12:34 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Defra urged to extend badger vaccination scheme ahead of cull
With this year’s badger cull rumoured to start in the coming weeks, DEFRA has been urged by the Humane Society International to expand its limited Bad...
19-08-2014 04:49 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Innovative feeder proven as badger deterrent
A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with a feed...
New elite short gestatiuon Angus sire joins Sterling Sires
A new British-bred Aberdeen Angus bull offering minus 4.9 days gestation length has joined the Sterling Sires line up. Oakchurch Duke N121 has calving...
12-08-2014 12:44 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Farmers warned over production losses to lungworm
Treating lungworm infection swiftly and effectively in beef and dairy cattle is vital to help prevent major losses in productivity, according to Meria...
12-08-2014 03:36 AM | Animal Health, News
Glenrock sale offers some of the UK’s best Limousin genetics
Limousin breeders are being offered the opportunity to buy some fantastic pedigree bloodlines in a one-off special sale. Almost the entire Glenrock...
Support an end to non-stun slaughter, vets urge party leaders
Party leaders in the United Kingdom have been urged to support a veterinary campaign to end non-stun slaughter. Writing to party leaders, Robin Har...
08-08-2014 05:41 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Vaccination of badgers: Review of risks
A badger vaccine has the potential to reduce infection of cattle and a vaccination could also have a role in protecting uninfected badger populations...
01-08-2014 02:36 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Further reports of African Swine Fever in Europe
There have been three further reports of African Swine Fever (ASF) in domestic pigs in Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. In all three countries statutory ...
31-07-2014 02:03 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
August brings lungworm risks to unvaccinated cattle
Unvaccinated calves during their first grazing season are most at risk of lungworm infection this August, according to the NADIS Parasite Forecast. ...
30-07-2014 09:48 AM | Animal Health, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
North Yorkshire farm hosts sheep lameness trial
The issue of antibiotics versus trimming as a means of controlling lameness in sheep is often debated, so a new trial at Marrick Abbey Farm in North Y...
29-07-2014 05:20 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Government urged to act as MRSA found in British pig
The government is being called on to carry out a full MRSA survey of the UK pig industry to determine how widespread the superbug is after the first-e...
TB ranked as greatest constraint for dairy farmers
The initial findings of the most comprehensive survey of dairy farmers were released at the Royal Welsh Show today with responses indicating a 20% ris...
21-07-2014 22:02 PM | Animal Health
New Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector
A new report outlining the state of global agri-technology has been released today. The report produced by UK Agri-Food & Drink (UKAFD) Ltd, is the f...
18-07-2014 11:19 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News
Bovine TB rates fall to lowest in 10 years
Incidents of Bovine TB in cattle fell in April to their lowest levels in almost ten years, according to the latest statistics from Defra. The numbe...
10-07-2014 13:30 PM | Animal Health, News, Sheep, Veterinary News
Welfare of farm animals can be improved 'by planting trees'
Sheep farmers are being invited to discover how the health and welfare of their animals, and productivity of land, can be improved, by planting trees....
09-07-2014 16:08 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Farming family journey 'to hell and back' over positive TB test
A farmer whose herd of pedigree Jersey cows was established 110 years ago by his great-grandfather has told how his family has been “to hell and back”...
09-07-2014 10:19 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Select Committee 'fails to tackle antibiotic use in livestock'
With the publication today of a major report by the Science and Technology Committee, there is an admission that antibiotics are routinely used on hea...
04-07-2014 10:49 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Antibiotics in livestock farming 'is killing people and must stop'
In response to David Cameron's announcement, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics says the urgent reduction of antibiotic use in farming must become g...
03-07-2014 11:24 AM | Animal Health, News, Veterinary News
Royals speak out on working horses
The Princess Royal attended yesterday this year’s colloquium on working horses to discuss the impact these animals have on humans in developing countr...
03-07-2014 10:20 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Porcine epidemic 'jeopardizing the livelihoods of farmers'
2014 has seen a devastating epidemic of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) in the USA, affecting more than 30 states and driving up the price of pork pr...
02-07-2014 19:59 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
First national model for Bovine TB calls for more focus on cattle
In a study published in Nature this week, a team of researchers based at the University of Warwick has produced the first national model to investigat...
02-07-2014 11:30 AM | Animal Health, News
Antibiotic review 'must consider animal health too'
Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement of a review into why so few antimicrobial drugs have been introduced has led the British Veterinary Associ...
23-06-2014 08:20 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
New Anglo-German student exchange to investigate viruses in badgers
An exchange of undergraduate students between Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin ...
New research on the influence of phytase on calcium at European Poultry Conference
AB Vista’s Research Director, Dr Mike Bedford, will be presenting new research data at the XIVth European Poultry Conference (EPC) on the practical li...
23-06-2014 06:22 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Badger cull breaches wildlife convention, say charities
Potential negative impacts on protected wildlife caused by the badger cull are in breach of the Bern Convention, claim wildlife protection groups. ...
18-06-2014 09:51 AM | Animal Health
Nutrition and welfare key components of improved performance on expanding Lancashire dairy unit
A Lancashire dairy herd has set in motion several changes to its management strategy to prepare for a likely doubling in cow numbers in two years time...
17-06-2014 09:44 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Shotguns will be allowed in badger culls
Natural England has confirmed that the use of shotguns will continue to be permitted during this year’s badger culls, despite the Independent Expert P...
12-06-2014 02:48 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Shows and Events
New measures announced to help tackle bovine TB
A consultation proposing further measures to strengthen bovine TB cattle controls has been launched. The proposals come as new statistics published...
11-06-2014 08:04 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Cattle farmers should be alert to lungworm
The June NADIS Parasite Forecast has advised cattle farmers to be alert for signs of lungworm in their herds this summer. Symptoms may appear in unvac...
10-06-2014 07:16 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Small-scale badger cull risks spreading TB further, scientists warn
A pilot scheme to selectively cull badgers that test positive for tuberculosis risks spreading the disease further, according to scientists. The sc...
New panel to advise on animal health and welfare in Wales
Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies, has appointed a group of specialists to support the introduction of a new Animal Health and Welfare Framework...
02-06-2014 10:27 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Veterinary News
Defra 'breaching its own badger cull policy', says charity
The government is failing to comply with its own badger cull policy commitments by refusing to assess how badger cull populations were affected by sev...
Farmer workshops aim to tackle Johne's disease in cattle
Paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) is of welfare and production concern for cattle farms. A series of QMS funded workshops are being held across Scotl...
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