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Sheep Vet Society announces upcoming conference programme
The Sheep Veterinary Society's spring conference will be taking place 23-25 May in Northern Ireland.
The event is open to all vets or industry representatives.

The Sheep Veterinary Society has published details about its upcoming spring conference.

Taking place in Templepatrick, Northern Ireland (23-25 May), the event promises an exciting lineup of workshops, discussions and presentations on various issues relating to flock health and welfare.

Kickstarting the programme will be a workshop covering liver fluke investigation, diagnostics, control and investigation of potential treatment failures. 

This will be followed by an introduction to sheep farming in Northern Ireland, and a keynote speech by Tommy Boland, University College Dublin on the challenges and opportunities for pasture-based sheep production.

Day two will feature speakers from all four provinces who will deliver presentations on liver and rumen fluke, border disease, ovine mortality and ewe breeding indexes. A DEARA NI representative will speak on the recent identification of Maedi Visna and its implications for sheep flocks in Northern Ireland. 

Mental health challenges will also go under the spotlight in a session entitled “Tackle your feelings”, delivered by Peter Hynes. There will also be short sessions from vets in practice research and students on sheep fertility, colostrum transfer and new test developments. 

The conference is open to all vets or industry representatives and more details, including the booking form, are available on the Sheep Veterinary Society website

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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

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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