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Farmers warned about use of treated wood chip for livestock bedding

Farmers warned about use of treated wood chip for livestock bedding

The Gwent branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is warning farmers to ensure that wood chip bedding for livestock has not been sourced from treated wood, and that they have a U8 waste exemption registered with Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The warning follows after farmers in the Gwent area have been offered wood chip […]

Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability for UK organic dairy farming

Pan-European research boosts innovation and sustainability for UK organic dairy farming

The Organic Research Centre in Newbury, Berkshire was a lead research partner in a major pan-European project that has culminated in the development of ground-breaking research and advice to help make the organic and low-input dairy sector more sustainable and competitive. In working with farmers and other stakeholders, methods were developed to identify opportunities and […]

Vets urge vigilance after Bluetongue-positive animals imported to England and Scotland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called for renewed vigilance and responsible sourcing after Defra and Scottish Government announced that a number of cattle in a consignment from an assembly centre in France have tested positive for Bluetongue virus BTV-8. The animals entered the UK earlier this month destined for four farms in England (Preston […]

Consultation launched for future of Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ)

Consultation launched for future of Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ)

Representatives from the sheep industry are being invited to share their views on whether the most frequently used price measure for prime lambs should be amended. Standard Quality Quotation (SQQ) weight bands is an average price for all lambs marketed within predefined weight bands and has been used consistently over many years. Also used as […]

£5.5m initiative bids to boost farm livestock health in Africa

£5.5m initiative bids to boost farm livestock health in Africa

Vet experts are delivering a £5.5 million initiative to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa. The scheme aims to boost the livelihoods of livestock farmers by delivering evidence-based technologies that offer sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. The Supporting Evidence Based Interventions initiative (SEBI) has received funding from the […]

Government announces proposals for CCTV to be mandatory in all abattoirs

Government announces proposals for CCTV to be mandatory in all abattoirs

The RSPCA is pleased by today’s announcement by Environment Secretary Michael Gove citing proposals to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. The announcement comes following years of campaigning by the RSPCA, the country’s biggest and oldest animal welfare organisation. Dr Marc Cooper, head of farm animals at the RSPCA, said: “The call for […]

A new standard on dairy permeate powders adopted at Codex

A new standard on dairy permeate powders adopted at Codex

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) collaborated with Codex Alimentarius in the development, identification, elaboration and dissemination of a science-based international standard to promote the identity, composition, safety, and quality of powdered dairy permeates as ingredients in food. Experts from IDF, recognized as technical advisor to the Codex Commission of Milk and Milk Products, contributed to […]

UK Government must adopt high regulatory standards for farm antibiotics when the UK leaves the EU

UK Government must adopt high regulatory standards for farm antibiotics when the UK leaves the EU

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is calling on the Government to ensure that its Repeal Bill, published today, fully converts EU legislation controlling farm antibiotic use into UK law. Any substantive changes to policies and standards should be made by primary legislation only, requiring a full and proper role for scientific and parliamentary scrutiny. […]

Scientists investigate origin of isolated BSE cases

Scientists investigate origin of isolated BSE cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle. However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commission asked EFSA to investigate their origin. The key measure for controlling BSE in the EU […]

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