Avian flu risk reduced to medium

Defra has downgraded the risk of HPAI H5 in wild birds, after a reduction in the number of findings.

Avian flu: Better communication with backyard keepers needed

New research suggests Defra and APHA must improve communications with small-scale poultry keepers, as a lack of understanding of avian flu rules is hampering control measures.

Fairness in egg supply chain to be reviewed

The government has announced a review to end unfair practices in the egg supply chain.

New market access for British poultry meat

UK poultry meat producer Moy Park has become the first to be officially registered to export cooked poultry meat to Japan under a new agreement.

Avian flu: Top scientists share new insights

Scientists have made new discoveries on airborne spread of AI, and revealed Northern Gannets and Shag are showing signs of developing immunity to avian influenza, according to research published todayscien (20th October).

Egg producer who lost 192,000 hens in AI cull to share story at BFREPA Live

This year’s BFREPA Live event will feature Scottish egg producer James Baxter, who will talk about the harsh realities of dealing with bird flu, having lost his entire flock of nearly 200,000 hens to a mandatory cull following a positive test in January.

New animal feed mill given planning consent

A new 50.2m tall animal feed mill will be built in Suffolk, after district councillors approved a planning application from British Sugar Plc and AB Agri Ltd.

Research warns of new avian flu strain that could be passed on to humans

Scientists fear a new strain of the avian influenza virus discovered in China could spark the next global pandemic as a recent study reveals mutational changes that could increase the risk of the virus infecting humans.

Farmers warned about elevated coccidiosis risk in UK flocks

Despite improvement to overall intestinal health in flocks across the UK, coccidiosis prevalence is still higher than 2021 levels, and poultry farmers are advised to ramp up biosecurity on their premises to achieve good disease control over the winter.

Defra lifts ban on poultry gatherings

The ban on gatherings of galliforme poultry and galliforme birds – including chickens, turkeys, pheasants, partridges, quail and guinea fowl – has been lifted.

“Irresponsible”: Industry hits back at report blaming farming practices for AI spread

The poultry industry has slammed claims by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) that avian influenza is ‘spiralling out of control due to the rise of factory farming’.

The new in-shed camera takes the bird-centric approach

The Pondus in-shed camera system is relatively new to the market and uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to monitor birds. Unlike many other systems on the market, it focuses on what the birds are doing rather than traditional environmental monitoring. We spoke to Pondus CEO Claire Lewis to find out more…

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