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Wednesday 19th October 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell
Editor


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Wales’ New Bovine TB Plan Targets High-Risk Areas

new approach to eradicating bovine TB was announced by the Welsh government yesterday, using tailored measures for Low, Intermediate and High TB areas.

The Welsh Government is consulting on the measures to be applied to protect the Low TB Area and to reduce disease in the Intermediate and High TB Areas, with potential measures to include strengthening of cattle controls.

Under the plans for the programme, chronic breakdown herds would have individual action plans, developed in partnership with farmers, vets and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), aimed at clearing up the infection.

Targeted culls of infected badgers caught in cage-traps, similar to a pilot study in Northern Ireland, were also suggested as an idea to help reduce the levels of disease in the wildlife population. This would be different to the culls implemented in England, where both healthy and infected badgers were shot.

Neil Paton, President of the Welsh branch of the British Veterinary Association, said that evidence-based, viable solutions must be in place to deal with the wildlife reservoir of disease if an England-style cull is not included in the eradication programme.

“The Test and Vaccinate or Remove (TVR) model currently being explored in Northern Ireland had previously been discounted in Wales after modelling suggested it was not a viable option,” he added.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) said the approach to badgers was a step in the right direction, but many farmers would be concerned about the splitting up of Wales into a number of TB zones.

According to the NFU, over the past 12 months nearly 9,500 cattle have been slaughtered as a result of this disease, a 38 per cent increase from last year.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Prevent Disease Spreading: Give Calf Jackets a Hot Wash
As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, dairy farmers are being reminded by UK levy board AHDB Dairy to disinfect calf jackets and put them through a hot wash between calves to prevent the spread of cryptosporidiosis.


Company News

Chief Veterinary Officer Highlights Official Vet Welfare Role
UK - The importance of the Official Veterinarian (OV) in safeguarding animal welfare and sharing best practice was highlighted in the address made by Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer, at the annual OV Conference, which took place on 29 and 30 September 2016.
8 Reasons to Use Broad Spectrum Mycotoxin Protection
GLOBAL - In livestock and aquaculture, feed additives are commonly used to counteract the negative effects of mycotoxins. There are many different kinds of products available on the market, the majority being binders. Some products tackle one specific mycotoxin, while others claim deactivation of several classes of mycotoxins.
BIOMIN Recognizes B.R.A.I.N. Award Winner Rudolf Krska at 2016 World Nutrition Forum
CANADA - To the applause of 800 delegates, Dr Rudolf Krska of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) was awarded the biennial B.R.A.I.N. award on the second day of the scientific conference hosted by BIOMIN in Vancouver, Canada.
BIOMIN Aims to Be Phytogenic Feed Additive Market Leader by 2020 - World Nutrition Forum
CANADA - The World Nutrition Forum 2016 starts today. Over 800 industry professionals, researchers and academics from across the world have travelled to Vancouver, Canada to attend this BIOMIN-hosted event, taking place in the Americas for the first time.
Nutriad Continues to Invest in USA
US - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, that opened its’ new USA production facility in Hampshire (IL) less than one year ago, continues to invest in the American market.
Market Reports

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Global Beef Industry News

     New Zealand

New Zealanders Asked to Work Together to Tackle Emissions from Farming
Global Beef Associations to Gather in New Zealand
NZ Study Confirms Benefits of Dairy-Beef Integration

     United States

European Sales of Animal Antibiotics Continue to Decline
CME: Livestock Markets Remain Volatile
CME: US Beef Production Expected to Expand Further in 2017
CME: What Factors are Causing Beef Market Falls?

     United Kingdom

Wales' New Bovine TB Plan Targets High-Risk Areas

     Zimbabwe

Botswana Starts Shooting Stray Zimbabwean Cattle

     Global

Agriculture Key to Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
GRSB Conference Continues Sustainable Beef Conversation

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