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Poland and Germany discuss measures to contain ASF spread
Germany is Europe's biggest pig producrer and a major exporter of pork.

Ministers considering border fences and increased hunting

Following the discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) just 12km away from the German border, Poland and Germany are now in discussions to prevent further spread of the disease, including the erection of border fences and the increased hunting of wild boar.


According to Reuters, Germany’s agriculture minister Julia Klockner met with Poland’s agriculture minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski in Berlin last week to discuss measures to jointly curb the outbreak.


Germany has already relaxed some restrictions on wild board hunting, but the ministers are reported to be considering a “drastic reduction in the wild boar density, for example through shooting as an effective preventative measure.” 

Ministers are also said to be discussing a fence along the border of Poland to prevent infected will boar from entering Germany. 


The World Health Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) notes there were 55 outbreaks of wild boar in Poland in December, including some cases that were close to the German border.

As Europe’s biggest pig producer and a major exporter of pork, the German Ministry states that ‘an incursion of ASF into Germany would have severe implications for the animals as well as for the economy. An incursion into the wild boar population would be critical since possibilities to control the disease are limited.’ 


The German states of Saxony and Brandenburg have already put up fences also the Polish border to stop wild boar from roaming into Germany.

German ministers are also considering new regulations allowing temporary anti-wild boar fencing to be set up to cordon off an area should a case occur. 

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.