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Two thirds of flocks suffer smothering, UK survey says

The first large-scale research project quantifying the extent of hen smothering in the UK has suggested two-thirds of free-range flocks may be affected. McDonald's commissioned the survey as part of its UK Sustainable Egg Supply Group and worked with consultants FAI Farms to question every farmer su...

UK consumers urged to avoid imported eggs

The British Egg Industry Council is urging caterers and consumers to look for the British Lion mark on eggs in the wake of a large outbreak of salmonella food poisoning believed to be linked to imported eggs. The type of salmonella identified, Salmonella enteritidis PT14b has not been found in UK eg...

Strike could prompt meat scarcity in UK supermarkets

UK supermarket shelves could be void of poultry meat, pork and red meat, if a planned strike by meat hygiene inspectors goes ahead, trade union Unison has warned. The union has received 63% support for strike action in a ballot of meat hygiene inspectors, vets and support staff employed by the Food ...

UK lambs may suffer from cobalt deficiency

Cobalt deficiency is threatening to limit lamb growth rates, technicians are warning on the website of FarmersWeekly. Despite the fact it has been an exceptional year for grass growth in the UK, many farmers in the country are reporting later lambs have not been flourishing. Nia Williams from Nette...

Implications of Russian ban on UK poultry exports

The UK poultry industry has outlined the implications of Russia banning imports from the EU and other Western countries in response to sanctions made on the country. UK exports of poultry meat to Russia are worth £1.5m, this is less than 0.5% of the total value of the UK's exports. The country has o...

UK agency to deal with spread of animal diseases

A combined agency in the UK will start work this autumn to ensure the government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases. The Animal and Plant Health Agency will begin on 1 October 2014 to better equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, a...

UK agency to deal with spread of animal diseases

A combined agency in the UK will start work this autumn to ensure the government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases. The Animal and Plant Health Agency will begin on 1 October 2014 to better equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, a...

UK agency to deal with spread of animal diseases

A combined agency in the UK will start work this autumn to ensure the government is better equipped to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases. The Animal and Plant Health Agency will begin on 1 October 2014 to better equip the government to prevent the spread of animal and plant diseases, a...

First IBQX vaccine for the UK poultry industry

Zoetis has announced the availability in the UK and Ireland of the first specific vaccine against the QX strain of the infectious bronchitis virus — Poulvac IBQX. For the past two years the vaccine has only been available with a special import certificate from the Veterinary Medicines Directorat...

FSA: Campylobacter prevalence in UK poultry is 59%

The FSA has published the first set of quarterly results from a new survey of Campylobacter on fresh shop-bought chickens. The results show 59% of birds tested positive for the presence of Campylobacter. In 4% of samples Campylobacter was identified on the outside of the packaging. Previous studies ...

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