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Remain vigilant for blowfly strike, forecast warns
Nearly half of farmers (43 per cent) said blowfly season now lasts longer than 20 weeks.

Cases are still being reported despite falling levels 

Outbreaks of blowfly strike are still being regularly reported despite falling levels, according to the latest forecast from Nadis and Elanco.

The risk level is now ‘low’ for most of the country, owing to a series of mini heatwaves during the summer. However, farmers have been warned to keep their guard up.

Cases have continued to be reported well into November, and even December, in previous years.

"In most areas the falling temperatures mean that the strike risk is now relatively low," says Richard Wall, professor of zoology at Bristol University.

"However, blowflies are still active, and any prolonged warm autumn weather could still result in late season strikes, particularly with the onset of further rain. High levels of care are still required."

Nearly half of farmers (43 per cent) said blowfly season now lasts longer than 20 weeks, while 37 per cent experienced cases later than previously, according to a survey.

Fiona Hutchings, technical vet at Elanco, added: "There are no guarantees when it comes to blowfly strike - with levels identified into November, an essential part of any strategy, has to ensure an early treatment that extends right through the long season."

SQPs are being urged to recommend IGR preventative treatments, whilst continuing to monitor updates from the blowfly strike tracker and Nadis alerts. Farmers are also encouraged to report any incidents of strike in their animals. 

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”