Health

  • Bird flu latest – updated as new cases are confirmed

    Bird flu latest – updated as new cases are confirmed

    20th January 2022

    This is a list of the latest confirmed bird flu outbreaks. It will be updated as new information is released, so do check back regularly. Definitive requirements are set out in the published declarations for each disease control zone currently…

  • NI Avian Influenza Surveillance Zones to be lifted

    NI Avian Influenza Surveillance Zones to be lifted

    20th January 2022

    Although the remaining Avian Influenza Surveillance Zones are to be lifted this weekend (22-23 February ,2022), the threat of an outbreak remains high due to the continued presence of infected migratory wild birds, DAERA minister Edwin Poots has said. The…

  • Update on free Schmallenberg virus testing

    Update on free Schmallenberg virus testing

    19th January 2022

    As reported here, APHA will again be offering free of charge testing for suspected cases of Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection. This will apply to cattle, as well as small ruminants. During 2021, there were six diagnoses of Schmallenberg virus associated…

  • Protect your cattle from Malignant Catarrhal Fever

    Protect your cattle from Malignant Catarrhal Fever

    19th January 2022

    Veterinary Researchers at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute have issued advice to farmers to help them protect their cattle from the effects of the viral disease, Malignant Catarrhal Fever (MCF). MCF is a severe, usually fatal disease of cattle.  The…

  • How to deal with rodent-borne diseases

    How to deal with rodent-borne diseases

    14th January 2022

    Stay safe Michaela Giles explains the health implications around rodent populations and the importance of Farm Control Plans for you, your pigs and other animals As a part of responsible food production and animal welfare, it’s important to have an…

  • Wales: Protect your birds from avian flu

    Wales: Protect your birds from avian flu

    14th January 2022

    The Chief Vet for Wales, Christianne Glossop, has stressed the importance of people continuing to take action to protect their birds against avian flu Three outbreaks of the disease have been found in Wales – in Chirk, Crickhowell and Gaerwen,…

  • Schmallenberg testing

    Schmallenberg testing

    8th January 2022

    Schmallenberg virus (SBV) was first identified in 2011 and the disease subsequently spread widely throughout Europe. During the 2012 and 2013 lambing seasons there were numerous cases of congenital defects in lambs (arthrogryposis, spinal defects, hydranencephaly and micromyelia) due to…

  • Request for help

    Request for help

    7th December 2021

    Maintaining animal health on smallholdings My name is Claire and I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Bristol, having previously trained and worked as a farm animal veterinarian. My research aims to explore health management on smallholdings and among…

  • More AI cases confirmed

    More AI cases confirmed

    26th November 2021

    Several avian influenza cases have been confirmed. Please check GOV.​UK: www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu and GOV.WALES: gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update for the latest information about the following cases: Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 at a third premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Highly pathogenic avian influenza…

  • UK Breeds at Risk (BAR)

    UK Breeds at Risk (BAR)

    25th November 2021

    The following lists of native farm animal breeds considered to be at particular risk (in the event of an outbreak of exotic disease) have been determined from the expert advice of the UK Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee (FAnGR). Lists of breeds…

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