Animal Health

Dairy Day: Could a checklist approach improve your youngstock health?

Dairy Day: Could a checklist approach improve your youngstock health?

Score-based audits of youngstock rearing systems could help pinpoint calf husbandry weaknesses and identify opportunities to improve the health and...

September 12, 2018

England’s largest ever BVD scheme launches today – but what’s involved?

England’s largest ever BVD scheme launches today – but what’s involved?

A £5.7million funding package to help farmers across England tackle the highly contagious disease Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) has been announced...

June 21, 2018

Suspected water poisoning kills 55 cows on Leicestershire farm

Suspected water poisoning kills 55 cows on Leicestershire farm

A progressive Leicestershire farmer has said losing 55 cows in a suspected water poisoning incident at his farm was the...

June 20, 2018

How realistic are you when it comes to biosecurity?

How realistic are you when it comes to biosecurity?

Farmers frequently convince themselves that their biosecurity is much better than in reality, Northern Ireland’s most senior vet has said....

November 22, 2017

BSE: New statuses to be applied to Northern cattle on Monday

BSE: New statuses to be applied to Northern cattle on Monday

New BSE status controls will be included on the North’s departmental animal database ‘APHIS’ to identify Negligible Risk (NR) and...

November 17, 2017

Farm antibiotic sales hit ‘all time low’ in the UK

Farm antibiotic sales hit ‘all time low’ in the UK

Antibiotic usage fell by more than a quarter in the UK over 2016, the latest figures show. Over the same...

October 31, 2017

Demand for high welfare meat ‘depends on consumers’ post-Brexit

Demand for high welfare meat ‘depends on consumers’ post-Brexit

Whether or not the UK maintains a good reputation for animal welfare in the production of meat will depend on...

August 1, 2017

Why antibiotic resistance poses a big risk to farming – UFU

Why antibiotic resistance poses a big risk to farming – UFU

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the threat of antibiotic resistance is a growing concern and it is supporting calls for...

March 15, 2017

What is lumpy skin disease and why is it causing problems in south-eastern Europe

What is lumpy skin disease and why is it causing problems in south-eastern Europe

European authorities are trying to strengthen the regional cooperation in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East for the prevention and...

August 10, 2016

Dry cow treatment taken off the market after reports of cattle deaths

Dry cow treatment taken off the market after reports of cattle deaths

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing the veterinary medicine Velactis (cabergoline) after serious adverse events, including recumbency (lying down...

June 29, 2016

Dog dies after being left in unattended car at Bloom festival

Dog dies after being left in unattended car at Bloom festival

Gardai in Blanchardstown are investigating after a dog was found unresponsive in a car at the recent Bloom festival. A...

June 10, 2016

Seed and fungicide sales fuel Bayer’s first quarter results

Seed and fungicide sales fuel Bayer’s first quarter results

German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer has recorded first quarter group sales of €11.8m. For the quarter ending March...

April 26, 2016

UK farmers urged to contact vets as Bluetongue outbreaks continue in France

UK farmers urged to contact vets as Bluetongue outbreaks continue in France

As yet more Bluetongue outbreaks are confirmed in France, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in the UK has urged farmers...

April 6, 2016

Banning antimicrobials could lead to ‘serious animal health issues’

Banning antimicrobials could lead to ‘serious animal health issues’

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) has welcomed a vote by MEPs earlier this month to amend EU law...

March 16, 2016

Managing herd health key when making the switch to organic beef

Managing herd health key when making the switch to organic beef

Lower stocking rates and healthy herds are associated with organic farms, according to Tralee-based Veterinary Surgeon and Organic Farmer Paddy...

March 14, 2016

Compulsory testing for BVD comes into effect in Northern Ireland today

Compulsory testing for BVD comes into effect in Northern Ireland today

Compulsory testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus in new-born calves comes into effect today. The programme begins today with...

March 1, 2016

Draft EU law on prevention of animal diseases agreed by MEPs

Draft EU law on prevention of animal diseases agreed by MEPs

New measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever were backed...

February 24, 2016

New antimicrobial drugs should be developed – MEPs

New antimicrobial drugs should be developed – MEPs

The use of existing antimicrobial drugs should be restricted and new ones should be developed, Environment and Public Health Committee...

February 20, 2016