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As set out in the government’s Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 – 2024, Defra will offer farmers who wish to leave the industry the option of taking a lump sum payment in England.


As the UK experiences a phase of heightened Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) risk, a new survey has been launched for participating vet students on lambing placement to identify the prevalence of deformed lambs, which is an indicator of presence of SBV across the UK.


The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) has updated its technical guidance for the on-farm humane killing of neonate pigs, goats and sheep.


Mild weather prompts nematodirus warning for sheep farmers

The rise in temperatures in recent days means an increased risk to lambs from hatching nematodirus, says the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group.



SCOPS and COWS have produced a latest Liver Fluke – A guide to test-based Control flyer – view here


In response to the discontinuation of watery mouth treatment, Spectam Scour Halt by Ceva Animal Health, which means there will be limited supplies in 2022 and no more produced, the Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group (SAGG) and Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS) are once again urging vets and farmers to engage as soon as possible to devise a plan to manage and combat the condition


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Vets are being urged to make use of a new guide to help them “myth bust” common misconceptions around applying for vet school in order to encourage young people from all backgrounds to take the first step towards a veterinary career.


On Tuesday (22nd) afternoon, Secretary of State gave his keynote speech at the NFU Conference on the future of British farming, with the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway at its core:

Environment Secretary speech at NFU Conference 22 February 2022 – GOV.UK (


Defra Secretary of State George Eustice announced plans at the NFU conference earlier today to roll out publicly funded annual veterinary visits to farms across England to help improve animal health and welfare.


Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers Ltd is a farmer co-operative that manages a number of farm assurance schemes for the promotion of Welsh Lamb and Beef.

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