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RUMA names new secretary general
Mr Lloyd has been immersed in the livestock sector throughout his career.
AHDB’s Chris Lloyd will succeed John Fitzgerald

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) has named former AHDB director of knowledge exchange Chris Lloyd as new secretary general. He will take over from John Fitzgerald when he retires at the end of the year.

Mr Lloyd has been immersed in the livestock sector throughout his career. After graduating from Writtle Agricultural College, he spent 16 years working for the National Sheep Association holding various positions of influence across the UK.

In 1999, he was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to study the sheep industries of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He joined EBLEX in 2003 to deliver the Sheep and Beef Better Returns Programmes.
 
He later held other positions including director for knowledge exchange across all AHDB sectors and more recently led AHDB activity on antimicrobial resistance.

Mr Lloyd takes over at a time when significant progress is being made on the responsible use of antibiotics in UK farming. This includes a record low in antibiotic sales to the farming industry and the publishing of a set of demanding targets to further reduce, refine or replace antibiotic use.

Mr Fitzgerald said that he is pleased to have seen such significant progress in his last 18 months at the helm, and is handing over the reins at an exciting time.
 
“RUMA has transformed from more of an advisory organisation to really driving change across the main livestock sectors in terms of antibiotic use," he said.  "I’m proud to have been involved at this critical time, and pleased to leave at a point when our farming industry has proved a leader in this antibiotic resistance debate."

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Vets save premature penguin chick

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 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 Zoos 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.  

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