• 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…

  • New pig content in The Smallholder

    New pig content in The Smallholder

    14th January 2022

    For the past 12 years, The Smallholder’s sister publication, Practical Pigs, has been providing down-to-earth content to small-scale pig-keepers and breeders. With authoritative breed information, owner’s stories, expert health columns and clear and helpful guides to everything from fencing and feed to farrowing and…

  • 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,…

  • AFBI survey on Land Leasing in Northern Ireland

    AFBI survey on Land Leasing in Northern Ireland

    12th January 2022

    Land tenancy systems have an important role in influencing farmers’ decisions around enterprise choice, investment and land-use. Various initiatives are ongoing in Northern Ireland aimed at encouraging land rental agreements over longer periods of time, for example, through the local…

  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies

    Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies

    22nd December 2021

    The National Bee Unit currently has  Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in: East England: Norfolk. North East England: East Yorkshire Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, South Pembrokeshire, West Carmarthenshire West England: South East Shropshire, South…

  • New rules for towing a trailer

    New rules for towing a trailer

    20th December 2021

    New rules for towing a trailer with a car from 16 December 2021   The rules about towing a trailer or caravan with a car changed on 16 December 2021. Find out how the changes affect you. Applies to England,…

  • 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: and GOV.WALES: 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…

  • Avian flu housing order for poultry

    Avian flu housing order for poultry

    24th November 2021

    Avian Influenza housing order to come into force New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will come into force from 00:01 on Monday 29 November. This means it…


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