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Farmers are being warned by sheep experts to act now to protect vulnerable lambs against Nematodirus. The vast majority of cases occur in the spring putting young lambs at great risk. However, changing weather patterns mean that this particularly nasty disease can now also be seen in the autumn.
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The latest sets of 2013 farm accounts suggest that an increase in variable costs was one of the factors which pushed the beef industry into a downturn last year. But Lloyds Bank’s James Thornton says the sector should take confidence from the large number of producers who still managed to turn a profit.
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Teignbridge planners are considering a proposal for a pig farm by the Exe Estuary in Devon. Up to 8,000 pigs could be farmed at JMW Farms, on the Powderham Estate. Although no planning application has yet been submitted, council officials are considering a scoping report.
8:37am Wednesday 10th April 2013
9:00am Saturday 6th April 2013
Livestock farmers left to deal with large numbers of dead sheep and lambs following the cold snap believe the Government and the National Fallen Stock Company have neglected to enact the one measure which would make a real difference. After a week of negotiations with Defra officials, the NFU has written to Secretary of State Owen Paterson to appeal again for financial help to allow the free collection and professional disposal of dead animals that are now beginning to be stacked up in farm yards as the snow thaws. Farmers have been battling to save sheep where possible but many are now at a low-ebb, emotionally and financially. Some have lost up to half of their breeding stock and the lack of grass and feed to sustain the rest is a real concern. Although Defra has announced a limited relaxation of the rules to allow farmers to burn or bury dead stock on farm, the NFU says Defra has so far refused to take the one single action that would really help farmers by committing to a package to collect those dead animals and dispose of them responsibly. This has left farmers to shoulder the burden of cleaning up these animals which may end up costing thousands of pounds. NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said: “In some areas of the country, we could be talking of huge losses for individual farms. No-one wants to see piles of burning animals in the countryside - it is not practical or desirable to dig pits to bury large numbers on-farm. It also flies in the face of what we have been told over the past few years from government about dealing with dead livestock responsibly. “The only other options are for the farmers to pay someone to collect their dead sheep, or for them to load up their own lifeless flock into farm trailers and drive miles across the countryside to the knackers yard. This is yet another pressure for farmers who have been brought to their knees by a year that has seen upland livestock farm incomes halved, topped by the worst spring snow in living memory. “It is not fair or reasonable for government to expect families who have spent the past week digging their animals out of the snow to deal with the clean up entirely by themselves. We are not ungrateful for the measures that Government have announced but they are requiring farmers to do things which are simply not practical in the situation which they face.
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Police in Lincolnshire have been labelled heavy-handed after they shot dead an 'aggressive' Belgian blue cow in a primary school car park. A Facebook page called “Grantham runaway cow RIP,” criticising the police for not knowing how to handle the animal, has so far attracted more than 2,400 “likes.”
10:00pm Wednesday 27th March 2013
Scientists have developed a new methodology to produce a vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). Because the vaccine is all synthetic, made up of tiny protein shells designed to trigger optimum immune response, it doesn’t rely on growing live infectious virus and is therefore much safer to produce.
9:21am Wednesday 27th March 2013
Direct contact between badgers and cattle is rare, suggesting that it as a result it may be rare for bovine tuberculosis (TB) to be passed on through the two species meeting each other on pasture, new research by the Royal Veterinary College and the Food and Environment Research Agency published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection (Cambridge University Press) reveals.
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The Government's Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has warned that serious action must be taken to prevent antibiotic resistance in bacteria becoming a ‘catastrophic' threat to public health.
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Sales of frozen burger have dropped by 43% in the first four weeks of the horse meat scandal, according to research by Kantar Worldpanel. Sales of frozen ready meals fell 13%. Fresh burgers and grill sales were down 6% in value over the same period.
9:47am Monday 25th February 2013
Compassion in World Farming is calling on the Irish Agriculture Minister to quit as President of the EU Agriculture Council, following the news that live cattle exports to Libya are resuming this week. The resumption coincides with Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.
8:44am Monday 25th February 2013
The RSPCA has been granted an oral hearing for its legal challenge to ban live animal exports from Ramsgate port. The hearing will be held in open court at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 10 May.
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