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DEFRA launches bovine TB advice package (30/09/2011)

Farmers will be offered advice on managing bovine TB. This includes a video. It also covers wildlife biosecurity advice.


BSE testing age for cattle is raised (30/06/2011)

Restrictions on BSE testing have been eased. This is due to improvements in getting rid of the disease. It is good news for those who keep beef cattle.


Bluetongue cases 'will spread' (30/06/2011)

Research suggests cases of bluetongue will increase in the coming decades. Infection can affect sheep and cattle. Findings could help predict disease patterns.


Bluetongue restrictions lifted on some sheep and cow exports (14/06/2011)

Cattle and sheep will not necessarily have to meet bluetongue restrictions. New rule comes into effect next month. Some animals will still be subjected to criteria.


Dairy cow welfare is still in doubt

Animal disease concerns 'persist today' (23/10/2009)

A new report suggests that there are still concerns about the welfare of dairy cows in Britain. Professor Christopher Wathes, who chairs the Farm Animal Welfare Council, said that there has not been a significant improvement in dairy cow welfare over ...


Many vets support a targeted badger cull

Vets in England welcome TB progress report (14/10/2009)

National veterinary groups have welcomed a progress report from the Bovine TB Eradication Group for England which was published last week. The British Veterinary Association and British Cattle Veterinary Association said that progress has been made to...


Some cows gain weight more easily than others

Scientists try to make cows 'feed-efficient' (02/10/2009)

Researchers at the University of Missouri are trying to work out how to make cows more efficient at processing their food. Some animals are able to synthesise ATP more rapidly than others and experts believe farmers should attempt to breed these more ...


Welsh ministers plan to carry out a badger cull

Welsh Assembly pushes ahead with badger cull plans (30/09/2009)

The Welsh Assembly is pushing ahead with plans to carry out a cull of badgers in a bid to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB). Over four-fifths of Welsh respondents to a government consultation said that they agreed with a cull as part of a wider eradicat...


Scotland has succeeded in controlling bovine TB

Scotland makes formal application for TB-free status (19/08/2009)

Scotland's chief veterinary officer is to present evidence in support of the country's application for TB-free status. The country has stringent regulations in place and has succeeded in controlling the disease in its cattle. Thanks to its successful ...


Wales' chief vet is determined to tackle bovine TB

Welsh chief vet wages war against bovine TB (12/08/2009)

The chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Christianne Glossop, has said that firm action will be taken to eradicate bovine tuberculosis. In an interview with the Western Morning News, the chief vet confirmed that hundreds of herds will be tested for TB ...


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