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Project reveals pigs’ enthusiasm for playtime
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Chatter box Vets have saved a tiny Humboldt penguin chick after her egg was accidentally broken by her parents. Keepers at ZSL London Zoo were shocked to find the chick, named Rainbow, still alive and rushed her straight to the Zoo’s on-site veterinary clinic.

It was a little way to go until the chick should have hatched, so the process was touch and go. Vets removed bits of shell from around the chick with tweezers until she could be lifted out and placed in a makeshift nest.

Rainbow is now in a custom-built incubation room where she spends her days cuddled up to a toy penguin. Keepers will hand-fed Rainbow for the next 10 weeks until she is healthy enough to move to the penguin nursery.  Chatter box

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Equine News
UK risk of Newcastle disease increased to medium
UK risk of Newcastle disease increased to medium

Move from Defra follows new outbreaks in Belgium
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PRRS diagnosis at record levels in early 2018
PRRS diagnosis at record levels in early 2018

Weather conditions could be contributing to rise in cases
EU experts look at measures to prevent ASF
EU experts look at measures to prevent ASF

Report highlights strategies to manage wild boar
New beef cattle housing guidance for farmers
New beef cattle housing guidance for farmers

Booklet provides basic welfare, regulatory and environmental information
Defra clarifies position on pig tail docking
Defra clarifies position on pig tail docking

Producers increasingly penalised for the practice - NPA
€5.6m funding to tackle ASF and LSD
€5.6m funding to tackle ASF and LSD

DEFEND consortium addresses emerging threats
Novel technique to identify foot-and-mouth
Novel technique to identify foot-and-mouth

Simple swabbing method can be taken without prior expertise
University of Bristol initiative honoured at antibiotic awards
University of Bristol initiative honoured at antibiotic awards

AMR Task Force wins in the agriculture & food category
Researchers develop new viral vectored poultry vaccine
Researchers develop new viral vectored poultry vaccine

Development could lead to vaccines that target multiple avian diseases
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BVA infographic to help shoppers understand farm assurance schemes

An infographic to help members of the public understand farm assurance schemes has been produced by the BVA. The infographic outlines BVA’s priorities for animal welfare and shows whether or not the schemes address these priorities in their standards.

BVA president John Fishwick said: “The infographic is not intended to be a league table but to allow people to understand what aspects of animal health and welfare are addressed by assurance schemes so that they can decide which scheme best aligns with their own individual preferences and priorities."

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