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03 August 2020
Pirbright scientists uncover goat immune genes involved in natural resistance
Genetic research conducted by scientists at The Pirbright Institute has revealed that goat and sheep genes for specific immune cell receptors are extremely diverse and different compared to other...
11 April 2020
American Sheep Industry Association Responds to COVID-19
US - Since the advent of this global pandemic, livestock markets have crashed, foodservice slowed to less than a trickle – which led to the sheep industry’s second largest packer declaring...
20 March 2020
Keep feral predators at bay
By any measure, the control of wild dogs and other predators is an important issue for agriculture, writes Stephen Crisp, acting CEO, Sheep Producers Australia. ...
13 March 2020
Experts Speak on Non-Bovine Milk Production at IDF Symposium
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has announced further details on the programme for the 8th IDF International symposium on sheep, goat and other non-cow milk, which takes place 4 and...
Coronavirus Update, Impact on Red Meat Sector
Demand for red meat in China has been affected as a result of movement restrictions designed to control the spread of the disease and people avoiding restaurants and crowded public places....
11 February 2020
Addressing the UK’s rumen and liver fluke challenge
Researchers at the University of Liverpool want to combat the growing prevalence of rumen fluke and liver fluke in the UK....
02 September 2019
The Pirbright Institute Grants New License for FMD Vaccine
The Pirbright Institute and its research partners have granted MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US) an exclusive commercial licence for a new, effective and affordable vaccine...
28 November 2016
Researchers to Improve Foot and Mouth Vaccines with £1.5 Million Funding Boost
UK - Researchers at The Pirbright Institute have secured almost $1.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the development of improved foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines...
24 November 2016
The New Quick and Easy Reference to Identifying and Treating Sheep and Goat Diseases
UK - Authored by a veterinary specialist, Sheep and Goat Diseases: Veterinary Book for Farmers and Smallholders provides a comprehensive overview of diseases of veterinary importance, including...
23 November 2016
Farm Vigilance a Key Priority in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance
GLOBAL - Measures which encourage the prudent use of antibiotics in the food chain are likely to be extremely useful in reducing the emergence and spread of resistance to these drugs in bacteria,...
22 November 2016
UK Sales of Antibiotics for Animals Dropped 9 Per Cent Last Year
UK - Sales of antibiotics for use in animals in the UK are at a four-year low, putting the UK on track to meet ambitious targets to tackle antibiotic resistance, according to a Defra report released...
14 November 2016
Medics Urge More Action on Antibiotics in Farming
UK - Fifteen of the UK's most senior medics have called on the government to tackle "routine misuse of antibiotics in UK farming", in a letter published in The Telegraph to mark the start of...
09 November 2016
Pressure on Spain, Italy to Reduce Growing Livestock Antibiotic Use
EU - Antibiotic consumption in livestock production is increasing drastically in Italy and Spain. From 2013 to 2014, consumption appears to have increased by around 20-25 per cent. This is shown...
04 November 2016
Sheep Farmers Urged to Help Sector Understand Ram Longevity
UK - Prompted by claims from members that rams do not work on commercial farms for as many seasons as wanted, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging farmers to participate in a new study...
31 October 2016
Global Campaign Begins to Eradicate Peste des Petits Ruminants
GLOBAL - The ground has been broken on a major international initiative to rid the world of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) – also known as sheep and goat plague – a highly contagious viral...
24 October 2016
New Zealand Ready to Confront Any Food and Mouth Incursion
NEW ZEALAND - An on-farm exercise run by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) shows that New Zealand is well prepared to manage the biosecurity aspects of a foot and mouth disease (FMD)...
14 October 2016
Sheep Sector Developing Antibiotic Use Strategy
UK - The UK sheep sector is in the process of analysing results from a survey of over 350 farmers to guide future support and development work in the area of reducing antibiotics use....
13 October 2016
New Vaccines Could Help Prevent Sheep Infections
US - A newly patented vaccine by Kansas State University researchers could be good news for meat consumers, as well as for cattle and potentially sheep....
10 October 2016
Bluetongue Virus Continues Spread Through Cyprus
CYPRUS - The bluetongue virus is continuing to spread through sheep flocks and goat herds in Cyprus over the last few weeks....
03 October 2016
Germany Reports Further Drop in Animal Antibiotic Use
GERMANY - Germany has once again reduced the amount of antibiotics used in animal agriculture, according to the latest government data....
21 September 2016
UK Government Sets Targets for Reducing Antibiotic Use in Farming
UK - The UK's government has pledged to continue the fight against antimicrobial resistance to drugs, by working together with other countries to create a global strategy to tackle the problem...
18 August 2016
New Zealand's Sheep Flock Down after Weather, Disease Impacts
NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand’s beef cattle herd increased by 2.8 per cent to 3.7 million during the 2015–16 season, at the same time as the country’s sheep flock decreased 3.0 per cent and...
17 August 2016
Ear Tag Measuring Vital Signs Aims to Improve Livestock Productivity
MEXICO - A young Mexican graduate has developed an ear tag for livestock that measures the vital signs of the animal to identify early stages of disease....
10 August 2016
New Tool Allows Diagnosis of Encephalitis in Sheep and Goats
SPAIN - Biologist Idoia Glaria-Ezquer has developed a diagnostic tool specifically for detecting encephalitis caused by small-ruminant lentiviruses in sheep and goats, during her PhD thesis read...
29 July 2016
UK Lamb Exports to America Move Closer
UK - The mission to get British lamb chops back onto American dinner plates has moved a step nearer, Farming Minister George Eustice announced at the National Sheep Event on Wednesday....
Countries Asked to Cut Use of Last-Resort Antibiotic in Animals
EU - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that colistin-containing medicines should only be used as a second line treatment in animals and sale should be reduced across the EU....
27 July 2016
Clones of Dolly the Sheep Living Long and Healthy Lives
Three weeks after the scientific world marked the 20th anniversary of the birth of Dolly the sheep, new research published by The University of Nottingham has shown that four clones derived from...
21 July 2016
First Phase of PPR Global Eradication Effort Taking Shape
GLOBAL - The first five-year phase of the global programme to eradicate Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) has taken a step closer to finalisation....
20 July 2016
Bluetongue Vaccine Now Available for British Farmers
UK - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that bluetongue (BTV-8) vaccine is now available from two pharmaceutical retailers to manage the risk of a BTV...
01 July 2016
Three-Legged Sheep's Ulcer Healed with Product from Human Medicine
UK - A three-legged sheep named Eustace was cured from a decubitus ulcer after his owner, a veterinary nurse, had the innovative idea to use a type of pad developed in human medicine....
 
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