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

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

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

Poultry house lighting must meet the needs of birds’ eyes

Measurements of light in poultry houses have until now been based on parameters developed for human perception of light. But bird eyes differ considerably from human eyes and light plays a critical role in the development of feather pecking.

Section: Research

New draft code of practice for the welfare of laying hens and pullets

DEFRA have produced an updated draft code of practice for the welfare of laying hens and pullets.

Section: Government

New project to improve feather cover

The egg sector has embarked upon a new project to work towards a position where beak trimming is not necessary.

Section: Research

Poultry industry policy asks post Brexit

Industry organisations have called for a range of measures to boost bird health and welfare and support the sector as part of their response to the Government’s “Health and Harmony: The Future of Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit”

Section: Industry

Beak trimming – Biennial report of Laying Hen Welfare Forum

The LWHF has submitted its biennial report to the minister. This is the first report the group has made and demonstrates the progress we are a making.

Section: Industry

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