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No magic bullet for improving lamb production, FUW farm visit told

No magic bullet for improving lamb production, FUW farm visit told
No magic bullet for improving lamb production, FUW farm visit told
Improving the efficiency of lamb production was the main topic of discussion during a Farmers’ Union of Wales-organised visit to independent sheep con...
26-09-2013 12:17 PM | Education, Husbandry Advice, News, Sheep
Farm college students learn how to buy rams fit for purpose
A genetics showcase and field day for lamb producers organised by Farmers’ Union of Wales Carmarthenshire county chairman Catherine Nakielny at Gelli ...
Compensating for delayed spring grass growth
This year's severely delayed start to grass growth makes it all the more important to maximise conversion of grass to live-weight in growing cattle, a...
09-05-2013 05:47 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, Husbandry Advice, News
New website for easy registration on calf health programme
A new website has been launched by Zoetis (formerly Pfizer AH) for registration of calves on the SureCalf® pre-sale pneumonia protection programme. La...
25-11-2012 14:42 PM | News, Poultry, Husbandry Advice
Can free range flocks perform without beak trimming?
The United Kingdom egg industry may ask for a further delay to the introduction of the Government's intended ban on the use of beak trimming. The b...
Feeding sows more efficiently
When someone mentions feed costs, thoughts typically gravitate towards what is happening in the finishing barn, simply due to the influence it has on ...
Schmallenberg case 'must be investigated to understand virus'
Following the discovery of the Schmallenberg virus in Dyfed, West Wales, earlier this week, there have been calls for a thorough and rapid investigati...
Farmers warned on Schamellenberg virus signs
Welsh farmers were today urged to be vigilant following the detection of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) antibodies in three cows and one calf on premises i...
Concerns rise over Schmallenberg
Welsh livestock farmers have expressed their worries about the potential spread of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) following the increasing incidence of the...
MSD Animal Health updates poultry vaccines guide
MSD Animal Health has updated its safety guide for the use of inactivated poultry vaccines. The wallet-sized guide has become popular with poultry man...
Risk-based regulation 'right direction' for farming
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) supports Defra’s response to the Farming Regulation Task Force aimed at reducing the burden of red tape...
NFU criticises AHVLA for leaving farmers unaware of TB rules
The NFU has reacted angrily after farmers were left in the dark over new and complex changes to rules governing livestock movements under TB restricti...
More EID reforms needed, say UK farming unions
Further reform of sheep EID regulations is desperately needed to help farmers already struggling to keep on top of inappropriate requirements. That...
Better vaccines for humans and animals needed
Researchers at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) and collaborators at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford, have discovered why some vaccine...
Enforcement essential to EU welfare success - Vets
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has broadly welcomed the European Commission’s new Animal Welfare Strategy but urges the Commission to ...
PIC opens UK’s first gene transfer centre
Pig breeding company PIC UK has opened a world-class GT Centre of Excellence which is thought to be the first of its type in the UK and probably in Eu...
New EU strategy ’fails’ to highlight animal welfare
Eurogroup for Animals is extremely disappointed by the EU’s new Animal welfare strategy published today which outlines the future actions propos...
TB Pilot areas confirmed
Landowners and farmers from two carefully-selected areas are now able to apply for licences to pilot new measures designed to tackle the devastating i...
Counting the cost of delaying colostrums
Delaying colostrum intake for more than a few hours can render it ineffective, warns Warwickshire large animal vet Nick Blayney, as changes in the str...
29-11-2011 08:59 AM | Grassland, Animal Health, Husbandry Advice, News
UK genetics and support win German franchise
World class genetics, backed by advanced technical support, has clinched a major franchise contract for UK based JSR Genetics, in the form of a new br...
Farmers See Fodder Solutions at Open Day
Farmers and livestock managers travelled from around the country to the Fodder Solutions seminar and workshop for the opportunity to see the system in...
11-05-2011 14:19 PM | Animal Health, Husbandry Advice, News
Improved vaccine launched by Intervet
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announces today that it is introducing PORCILIS® AR-T DF, an inactivated vaccine against progressive atrophic r...
08-02-2011 21:45 PM | Husbandry Advice, News
Action needed on veterinary student fees
The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) used his annual London dinner speech tonight to call on the Government to take action on vet...
08-02-2011 17:43 PM | Husbandry Advice, News, Sheep
Vet offers advice on sheep ectoparasite control
Novartis Animal Health vet Thomas Tiley was at the National Sheep Association Winter Fair 2011 at Bakewell Agricultural Centre on 27th January to hold...
Vets back 'common sense' approach
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warmly welcomed the report of the independent Advisory Group on Responsibility and Cost Sharing, which ha...
06-12-2010 13:45 PM | Veterinary News, Husbandry Advice, News, Sheep
Farmers urged to follow Scottish sheep scab regs
The Sheep Scab (Scotland) Order 2010 comes into force from 17 December 2010 and reinstates sheep scab as a notifiable disease in Scotland. Dr David Ba...
NBA urges response to controlling TB in badgers
The National Beef Association is urging its members, and everyone else keen to call a halt to TB spread in England in the badger population, to respon...
Research reports on bovine tb in badgers published
Research reports related to the control of bovine tuberculosis in badgers have been made public today. Defra has made public supporting data behin...
28-10-2010 09:46 AM | Veterinary News, Husbandry Advice, News
Farming businesses affected by TB
"Many farmers in Brecon and Radnor have suffered the consequences of a bovine TB breakdown and some farmers have to cope with continuous breakdowns wh...
27-10-2010 10:23 AM | Husbandry News, Husbandry Advice, News
Scientists develop severity calculator for PMWS
Scientists at the Royal Veterinary College, contributing to a £11.5m in total BBSRC funded programme to tackle some of the most harmful and widespread...
Putting record straight on TB vaccination - NFU
NFU Cymru is using this year’s Welsh Dairy Event to put the record straight and dispel some of the myths and misinformation about the role vacci...
Experts in rumen health to meet in Germany
Some of the world’s leading experts in rumen health will be gathering in Hannover, Germany in November to take part in the Modern Animal Product...
EC recognizes problems of animal cloning
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the proposed temporary ban of the use of cloning of animals for food use detailed in the leaked draft report of DG SANC...
NFU meets to discuss badger cull plans
NFU members are to be given the opportunity to air their views on the proposed badger cull as a consultation on the issue gets underway. NFU Presi...
Scottish minister supports snaring guide
Scottish Minister for Environment Roseanna Cunningham will be attending the launch of the latest practitioners’ guide to snaring in Scotland on ...
TB eradication must be 'science led' - MP
CLA President William Worsley said: "I am very impressed by the Government’s brave decision to tackle this appalling disease head on. For too lo...
CLA welcomes government action on TB
CLA President William Worsley said: "I am very impressed by the Government’s brave decision to tackle this appalling disease head on. For too lo...
New measures to control bovine TB in badgers
Proposals for additional measures to help control bovine tuberculosis in cattle were published for public consultation today by Agriculture Minister J...
07-09-2010 10:05 AM | Veterinary News, Pigs, Husbandry Advice, Cattle, News
Swine influenza widespread in England
The prevalence of swine influenza in England is much higher than previously thought, according to newly published research carried out by the Royal Ve...
Wet weather brings increased parasite risk
Livestock producers are being urged to keep an eye on the weather, because wet conditions are ideal for fluke to thrive and pose real challenges to ca...
Increase welfare for greater profits
Increased welfare and better pain management can lead to economic, as well as herd health benefits for farmers, according to Merial Animal Health. ...
11-08-2010 10:25 AM | Veterinary News, NFU, Husbandry Advice, Cattle, News, Sheep
Calls for EU to ease TSE controls
Consumer safety and confidence will always be paramount to Welsh farmers but NFU Cymru believes the time is now right, 14 years since BSE hit the head...
IBR educational campaign launched
Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) has become a barrier to herd productivity on many farms, but a new educational campaign from vet practices aim...
Kestrel decline not farmers' fault - CLA
The CLA expressed disappointment that the RSPB has partly blamed a sharp decline in kestrel numbers in recent years on "intensive farming". The RSP...
19-07-2010 16:44 PM | Veterinary News, NFU, Husbandry Advice, Cattle, News
Decline in BSE could see TSE controls relaxed
The NFU supports the latest strategic plan for the unwinding of TSE restrictions across Europe via the publication of the Commission’s TSE Roadm...
13-07-2010 15:51 PM | Veterinary News, Husbandry Advice, News
Badger cull ruling angers vet groups
Veterinary associations have expressed their deep disappointment in the Court of Appeal judgement on the Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) plans...
Deadline due warns animal medicine body
"The clock is ticking on the current CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training period for qualified animal health advisors, known as SQP...
07-07-2010 14:06 PM | Veterinary News, NFU, Husbandry Advice, News
No compromise on TB eradication - NFU
NFU Cymru has today said that the description by some commentators that there is to be a ’scale-back’ in the WAG eradication strategy foll...
06-07-2010 15:37 PM | Veterinary News, Husbandry Advice, News
No veterinary input in Scottish expert forum
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed its disappointment at the decision not to include veterinary input into the group convened to l...
25-06-2010 14:00 PM | Dairy, Pigs, Husbandry Advice, Cattle, News, Sheep
£7m disease project to help livestock sector
The health of Great Britain’s livestock sector will receive a big boost thanks to a grant to fund research into potential new vaccines for paras...
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