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SRUC to hold strangles event
"SRUC staff and students are delighted to be participating in SAW 2022" - Alison Braddock.

The talk will be targeted at horse owners.

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) is holding an event for horse owners to promote Strangles Awareness Week (SAW), and to make owners aware of the dangers of Strangles.

The event is virtual, and will be held from 3 – 4pm on Thursday 21 April, ahead of SAW on 2- 8 May. 

Head of welfare and behaviour at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, and Chair of the National Equine Welfare Council, Nic de Brauwere, will discuss strangles, and how horse owners can be better prepared to protect their yard. 

“SRUC staff and students are delighted to be participating in SAW 2022,” said Alison Braddock, marketing and business development manager at SRUC.

“We have been supporting the SAW initiative since it began in 2019 and SRUC Veterinary services, which runs the Premium Assured Strangles Scheme, will be linking up with academic colleagues to promote a better understanding of strangles prevention to students, clients and stakeholders.”

'Strangles – how it teaches us to be better horse owners' is free to attend, and anyone interested in attending can register here.

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World Bee Day celebrations begin

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 Today (20 May) marks the fifth annual World Bee Day, which raises awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to people and the planet. Observed on the anniversary of pioneering Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jana's birthday, this year's celebration is themed: 'Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems'.

Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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Further avian flu cases confirmed

Three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in recent days, bringing the total number of cases in England to 98.

On Thursday, the APHA confirmed two cases of HPAI H5N1 near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk and Market Weston, West Suffolk. A case H5N1 was also confirmed in poultry at a premises near Southwell, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the affected premises. Further details are available at gov.uk