Further drop in antibiotic use and resistance

The latest government VARSS report for antibiotic use during 2018 for farm animals shows a continuing downward trend - half the use of 2014. The pig and poultry sectors are at the forefront of the UK’s success in reducing antibiotic use in farm producing species. The poultry sector has led the way, decreasing use by 80% since 2012. BEIC collects data regarding antibiotic use in layers.

Section: Government

Hot topics at Norfolk Suffolk Poultry Association

Brexit and Salmonella were key concerns for some 40-50 attendees who gathered in Norwich on 18th November 2019.

Mark Williams, BEIC, outlined the uncertain political situation, whilst making it clear that whatever shade of UK government emerges a ban on beak tipping will be on the agenda. In his view, industry rather than legislation will most likely move to a ban following consumer demand.

Section: Blog

BFREPA launches contract guidance to restore supply chain balance

Earlier this year the organisation vowed to help reform outdated agreements which a team of lawyers deemed grossly imbalanced in favour of egg buyers.

Section: Industry

Imported food must meet the high standards of British production

UK - The British Poultry Council is calling for a Government-wide commitment that production standards of imported food will have to meet British standards as a condition of entry.

Section: Government

Griffiths Family Farms aims to lead the UK barn (cage-free) revolution

Griffiths Family Farms are investing in new laying and rearing facilities in anticipation of major UK retailers and food services removing colony eggs by 2025.

Section: Research

Better biosecurity key to reducing antibiotics on Welsh poultry farms

Poultry producers can have some influence on safeguarding people against antimicrobial resistance by continuously reviewing biosecurity at all stages of production and by adopting disease management practices.

Section: Industry

Sequencing the poultry red mite genome

Hopes have risen that the fight against poultry red mite can be won following the successful sequencing of the parasite’s genome.

Section: Research

Dutch farmers learning to live without beak trimming

Beak treatments will formally be banned in the Netherlands from next year, but the market has moved ahead of legislation.

Section: Industry

Food companies set up Global Coalition for Animal Welfare

Seven multinational food companies have joined forces to set up the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW) to advance standards in the food supply chain.

Section: Industry

New laying hen welfare codes in action

This Code applies to England only. It replaces the Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Laying Hens, issued in 2002.

Section: Government

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Further drop in antibiotic use and resistance

The latest government VARSS report for antibiotic use during 2018 for farm animals shows a continuing downward trend – half the use of 2014. The pig and poultry sectors are at the forefront of the UK’s success in reducing antibiotic use in farm producing species. The poultry sector has led the way, decreasing use by 80% since 2012. BEIC collects data regarding antibiotic use in layers.

Posted on: 08 December 2019

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Hot topics at Norfolk Suffolk Poultry Association

Brexit and Salmonella were key concerns for some 40-50 attendees who gathered in Norwich on 18th November 2019.

Mark Williams, BEIC, outlined the uncertain political situation, whilst making it clear that whatever shade of UK government emerges a ban on beak tipping will be on the agenda. In his view, industry rather than legislation will most likely move to a ban following consumer demand.

Posted on: 30 November 2019

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