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Avian influenza strikes a second commercial turkey farm

© FLPA/Rex/Shutterstock A second outbreak of the H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) has been discovered on a turkey farm in Lincolnshire, exactly one month after the first case was found in the same locality The latest farm, in East Lindsey, which housed about 6,000 turkeys, had experienced high mortality before vets were called in to […]

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‘No region safe from avian influenza’

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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‘No region safe from avian flu’

© Torsten Kruger/ImageBroker/REX/Shutterstock Migratory wild bird pathways mean no region is safe from avian influenza, the director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has said. Monique Eloit blamed the plethora of different strains of the AI virus across Asia for the downbeat conclusion that more bird flu outbreaks can be expected across […]

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Bernard Matthews sale cleared by competition authority

© Tim Scrivener The sale of Bernard Matthews to poultry tycoon Ranjit Singh has been passed by competition authorities. It means the brakes placed on any consolidation of the turkey integrator and Mr Singh’s other poultry interests, which include 2 Sisters Food Group, can be lifted. See also: Analysis: Bernard Matthews’ sale to Ranjit Singh The purchase […]

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Buoyant Christmas for turkey producers

© David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock Turkey producers enjoyed a good Christmas season, with some producers increasing prices by as much as 4% and many farmers selling out of birds. However, some farms found it a challenge to secure enough seasonal workers for plucking and processing. “Our sales were up – we sold out, as many others did […]

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Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets

Farmers Weekly Sprouted seeds in feed given to laying hens could boost financial returns for farmers and free up land for food production, a new study has found. Hens fed a mix of sprouted seeds in a trial at Duchy College, Cornwall, needed 25% less overall feed. The trial began last December and tested 50 […]

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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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