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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…

Livetec launches new app for poultry farmers to guard against bird flu

A new app for poultry farmers and backyard keepers has been launched to improve disease reporting and tracking and help limit the spread of disease, as the government continues to impose strict rules amid the country’s worst-ever avian flu outbreak.

Celebrity host Al Murray to entertain producers at Free Range Egg Awards

Famous pub landlord and comedian Al Murray has been confirmed as the celebrity host of the Free Range Egg Awards 2023 and will be presenting prizes to outstanding individuals and businesses in the free range egg industry as well as bringing a night of entertainment to hundreds of attendants.

Two UK poultry workers test positive for avian flu

The virus was detected as part of a routine testing programme for asymptomatic people who have been in contact with infected birds.

Birds able to survive avian flu left with ‘black eyes’

Scientists have discovered that Northern Gannets can recover from highly pathogenic avian flu H5N1, leaving them with an unusual black iris colouration.

International shearers granted entry to the UK to fill labour shortages

Sheep shearers from overseas have been granted a special concession to be able to enter the UK between 1st April and 30th June this year, offering a vital source of professional and experienced staff to help UK contractors complete the shearing season, the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) has announced.

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