National project to improve methods for controlling sheep scab

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has welcomed the launch of a new initiative exploring a structured approach to controlling sheep scab – and looks forward to coordinating the work in South West England.

Good biosecurity remains key as H5N8 detected in birds of prey

Poultry farmers are being urged to maintain the highest possible standards of biosecurity after the avian flu housing order was lifted, as H5N8 is detected at a non-poultry premises in Lancashire.

H5N8 avian flu confirmed on Staffordshire farm

Defra has confirmed that the housing order will still be lifted despite a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza – but other restrictions remain in place.

Farmers urged to test for Enzootic Abortion of Ewes

With the majority of sheep farmers embarking on lambing from early spring, vets are urging farmers to test for Enzootic Abortion of Ewes (EAE) if they experience abortions in their flock.

Bird flu housing measures to be lifted

Chief veterinary officers have announced that poultry housing measures, implemented in December amid rising avian flu cases, will be lifted on 31st March.

Protect TMR performance as temperatures rise

As the UK weather warms up, dairy and beef farmers are being encouraged to protect the performance of total mixed rations (TMRs) with the use of an efficient preservative.

Act now to prevent lungworm ahead of turnout, vet says

Preventing lungworm outbreaks this grazing season must be made a priority ahead of turnout, says MSD Animal Health veterinary adviser Dr Kat Baxter-Smith.

Calf sheds: What can we learn from the poultry sector?

In the past few decades, the poultry sector has made significant strides in purpose-built housing and technology to monitor environmental conditions. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has been working with PrognostiX to find out how the dairy sector could learn from this to reduce calf mortality. Sarah Kidby reports.

UK farmers “must speak with one voice to earn consumer trust”

Derbyshire farmer Tori Stanley believes high standards of animal health and welfare, a short food chain and sustainability are all possible – but the industry must speak with one voice, regardless of their farming system.

‘Consider reducing ewes wormed at lambing time’ – SCOPS

Worming ewes around lambing remains a common practice in UK flocks, but with most sheep farmers now aware that over-use of wormers is a major factor in the development of anthelmintic resistance, SCOPS is urging producers to think about whether they can safely reduce the number of ewes treated.

Best practice for colostrum feeding

Cargill’s Bianca Theeruth answers our questions and provides five targets for colostrum feeding.

How to navigate the protein challenge in dairy and beef systems

Tightening global supplies of soya and grain coupled with large purchases by China has driven soya prices up to a margin-compromising point. And there is every chance the peak prices are set to continue for the remainder of the winter feeding season and even beyond, according to Alltech.

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