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Avian flu confirmed at Suffolk farm
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A 3KM Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the infected premises.
Protection and surveillance zones now in place

The UK’s deputy chief veterinary officer has confirmed H5N8 avian influenza at a poultry farm near Redgrave in Suffolk.

The announcement comes after an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone was put in place around the farm following tests which confirmed the presence of H5N8.

Further investigations into the nature of the virus have now confirmed that it is the same highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 that has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK since December 2016.

A 3KM Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the infected premises to reduce the possibility of the disease spreading.

The premises is thought to contain some 23,000 birds. Many have already died and the remaining birds will be humanely culled. A full investigation is now underway to determine the source of the infection.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is minimal and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Full details of the controls can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

An interactive map can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

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HM The Queen opens new centre for elephant care

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 HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, has officially unveiled ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s brand new Centre for Elephant Care.

Set amidst 30 acres of rolling paddocks, the custom-designed Centre for Elephant Care is the new home for the Zoo’s herd of nine Asian elephants.

The Centre will provide more than 700m˛ of indoor space and contains an array of elephant-friendly features, including dimming lights to mimic night-time and one metre-deep soft sand flooring.  

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New manual to help producers use medicines responsibly

A new manual to help sheep and beef producers use medicines responsibly has been published by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

The Better Returns Programme manual, Using Medicines Correctly for Better Returns, outlines the key principles when using medicines on the farm.

It includes making sure the medicine and correct dose is used at the right time, and that it is stored and administered correctly. It also explains the importance of using antibiotics and anthelmintics responsibly to avoid the build up of resistance.