Health

  • Poultry housing measures to be lifted

    Poultry housing measures to be lifted

    25th April 2022

    Plans have been announced to lift poultry housing measures across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 2 May 2022. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone mandatory biosecurity measures will remain in place for all birds. The mandatory housing measures for poultry…

  • Bird flu latest – updated as new cases are confirmed

    Bird flu latest – updated as new cases are confirmed

    8th April 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…

  • Project to reproduce sociable pigs

    Project to reproduce sociable pigs

    29th March 2022

    An innovative project will look at whether the social competence of pigs – and in turn their welfare – can be improved through management and breeding. Social competence covers the range of decisions an animal makes in different social situations…

  • Diarrhoea outbreaks in adult dairy herds

    Diarrhoea outbreaks in adult dairy herds

    24th February 2022

    Over recent weeks there have been reports of diarrhoea in more than 20 housed dairy herds in England, Wales and Scotland. The pattern of acute onset diarrhoea, with variably severe milk drop, is suggestive of ‘winter dysentery’, however other possible…

  • Avian Influenza Licensing Service

    Avian Influenza Licensing Service

    23rd February 2022

    APHA is implementing a new service, the Avian Influenza Licensing Service, to allow customers to apply online for an AI licence during the current AI outbreak. From 7 February 2022, if you are in England, Scotland or Wales you can…

  • 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…

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