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Second outbreak of bird flu in backyard poultry flock

Farmers Weekly Bird flu has been discovered in a second flock of backyard poultry, this time near Settle, North Yorkshire. It follows findings of the highly virulent H5N8 strain in wild birds across the UK, as well as in a commercial flock of turkeys near Louth, Lincolnshire. See also: Map: Avian influenza incidence across UK 2016-17 […]

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Genetic engineering could revolutionise poultry vaccines

Farmers Weekly Genetic engineering has the potential to unlock a new generation of poultry vaccines, according to leading UK researchers. Scientists at the Pirbright Institute have used GM technology to develop a more efficient and effective vaccine for Marek’s disease and believe the technique could pave the way for other vaccines. See also: New vaccination strain […]

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Chickens far smarter than previously thought

Farmers Weekly Chickens are not “bird-brained” or clueless, but just as emotionally, socially and cognitively complex as most other birds and mammals, researchers have found. A study of peer-reviewed research found chickens displayed the same communicative and social behaviour, including Machiavellian-like social interactions, found in other animals regarded as highly intelligent. See also: The issues facing […]

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Backyard flock with avian influenza was not housed

Farmers Weekly Defra has said the backyard flock of chickens that were found to have avian influenza on 4 January were not housed. The outbreak was just 18km from a wildlife park where the H5N8 virus had been discovered in a wild widgeon days earlier. In government update, officials said the backyard flock of chickens […]

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Map: Avian influenza incidence across UK 2016-17

Farmers Weekly The H5N8 strain of avian influenza that has spread across Europe now appears to be well established in the UK. Poultry World has tracked each incident of the virus (see map below) being discovered in wild birds, commercial and backyard poultry flocks. This map will be regularly updated as new outbreaks occur. See […]

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Map: Avian influenza incidence across the UK 2016-17

Farmers Weekly At 142 years old, it is no surprise that Poultry World has changed periodically throughout its history. Many readers will remember it being a weekly publication; it is unlikely any will remember it being known as The Fanciers’ Gazette, having changed its name in 1906. Poultry World’s reputation for independent journalism, market reporting […]

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Helen Skelton joins celeb lineup promoting eggs in 2017

Farmers Weekly Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has been recruited by British Lion eggs for its £1m marketing campaign in 2017. She joins chef Simon Rimmer and former The Only Way Is Essex star and health and fitness evangelist Lucy Mecklenburgh to form a “trio of top celebrities” supporting egg consumption. See also: Egg sales continue […]

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Defra extends poultry housing order

Farmers Weekly Defra has extended its housing order for poultry, first put in place on 6 December, to 28 February. It reflects the continued risk wild birds are to commercial poultry flocks; the disease was detected over the Christmas period before being discovered in a backyard flock of Chickens on 3 December. See also: Bird flu […]

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H5N8 bird flu spreads to Welsh backyard poultry

Farmers Weekly The H5N8 strain of avian influenza found in wild birds across the UK and on a Lincolnshire turkey farm has been discovered in backyard chickens and ducks in Carmarthenshire. Wales’ chief veterinary officer Christine Glossop said the flock had been culled as a precaution before confirmation of the virus late on Tuesday (3 January). […]

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Fine for halal slaughterhouse that scalded live poultry

Farmers Weekly A poultry slaughterhouse has been fined for failing to stun or slaughter birds before they entered scalding tanks, which are designed to loosen feathers of dead birds before plucking. Halal chicken supplier 1Stop Halal was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,000 after it was found in breach of standards at […]

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