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Chief vet urges 'urgent action' over avian flu
"It is your actions that will keep your birds safe" - Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer.
Defra warns bird keepers to act now or risk losing flocks. 

The UK's chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, is encouraging all poultry owners in the UK to undertake the urgent biosecurity measures necessary to keep their birds safe from avian influenza.

With the UK facing its largest ever outbreak of avian flu, the Government introduced new housing measures in November, meaning that poultry keepers are legally required to keep all birds indoors. 

As well as following the housing order, bird keepers are urged to follow strict biosecurity measures, including washing hands, change or clean clothing, and disinfect footwear before entering bird enclosures. 

Christine Middlemiss reminded poultry keepers: “We have taken swift action to limit the spread of the disease including introducing housing measures. However we are seeing a growing number of bird flu cases both on commercial farms and in backyard birds right across the country.

“Many poultry keepers have excellent biosecurity standards but the number of cases we are seeing suggests that not enough is being done to keep bird flu out. Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands you must take action now to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

“Implementing scrupulous biosecurity has never been more critical. You must regularly clean and disinfect your footwear and clothes before entering enclosures, stop your birds mixing with any wild birds and only allow visitors that are strictly necessary. 

“It is your actions that will help keep your birds safe.”

The government's guidance on avian influenza, including biosecurity advice, can be read here.

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VET Festival returns for 2022

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 VET Festival, the unique CPD opportunity, is returning for 2022, running from 20 to 21 May.

The outdoor event, held at Loseley Park in Guildford, will feature 17 education streams, with a dedicated stream covering veterinary wellness, leadership and management topics. The festival will feature veterinary speakers from around the world, with the opportunity to collect 14 hours of CPD across the two-day event.

Alongside veterinary education, VET Festival will also offer wellbeing activities such as yoga and mindfulness activities, with the popular VETFest Live Party Night making a return for 2022.

Tickets available here.  

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Free webinar on rearing better heifers

A free webinar is being held by Volac to help dairy farmers rear better heifers. Marking the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's (AHDB) 'Great British Calf Week', the webinar is scheduled to take place at 12.15pm - 1.45pm on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Focusing on the management input needed to produce better heifers, the webinar will explore practical tips for better calf rearing, sustainable growth through effective calf nutrition, and the importance of sustainable ingredients in calf milk formulas.

Anyone interested in attending can register here.