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18 February 2021
Rapid TB test wins top UK innovation award
Actiphage, a rapid, accurate test for tuberculosis that detects the presence of the live mycobacteria in a sample of blood or milk, has been awarded the Innovation Award 2021 by the British Veterinary Association (BVA)....
17 February 2021
US tracking transboundary and emerging diseases
Transboundary and emerging diseases are constant threats to the livestock industry. Even as biosafety measures have evolved, there is always the lingering threat of highly contagious or newly discovered diseases impacting animal health....
15 February 2021
UK NFU joins government's bovine TB partnership
The National Farmers Union has joined the UK government's consultation to improve its bovine TB strategy. ...
14 February 2021
US NFU hails additional support for food and ag in COVID-19-relief bill
In a step towards passing a $1.9 trillion relief package, the House Agriculture Committee voted 25-23 in favour of the bill’s food and nutrition title, potentially giving $16.1 billion in relief to farmers....
11 February 2021
Tyson Foods to face investor pressure over lobbying, human rights at shareholder meeting
Tyson Foods Inc faces pressure from nuns, the Teamsters union and asset managers to disclose more about its lobbying and human-rights policies, after meatpacking workers were ravaged by COVID-19 last year....
08 February 2021
COWS warns cattle farmers to not let liver fluke catch them out
The Control of Cattle Parasites Sustainably (COWS) group has issued guidance for cattle farmers on how they can keep liver fluke at bay. ...
05 February 2021
Changes to cleaning practices could improve calve health on GB dairy farms, according to new research
A new study looking at colostrum hygiene on British dairy farms has shown that by making a few simple changes to cleaning protocols, farmers could significantly minimise the risk of disease in calves....
03 February 2021
Lawsuit alleges that Tyson Foods misled shareholders about COVID-19 safety measures
US meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc was sued on 2 February for allegedly defrauding shareholders with misleading disclosures about its ability to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in its facilities....
Essential agriculture workers in California to get COVID-19 vaccine on farms
Deemed an essential workforce during the pandemic, California's mostly Latino farmworkers are also underrepresented in the state's vaccination program, health officials and activists say, prompting the delivery of shots in the fields....
President Biden halts residential evictions for USDA multifamily housing communities
The Biden administration has put a moratorium on residential evictions in USDA multifamily housing, following CDC guidance....
02 February 2021
US Congress to investigate COVID-19 worker safety at meat processing firms
A US congressional panel is investigating three large meatpacking companies for possible worker-safety violations after reports that hundreds of industry workers have died of the novel coronavirus....
01 February 2021
Brazil’s beef lobby calls for abattoir workers to be prioritised for COVID-19 jab
Brazilian beef lobby Abrafrigo is requesting that slaughterhouse workers be included in vaccine priority lists....
30 January 2021
US industry groups call for urgent action on livestock antibiotic overuse
A coalition of animal health groups is urging the new US administration to address the growing threat of AMR and curb the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming. ...
29 January 2021
EU greenlights more state aid for virus-hit firms and agriculture
The European Union has decided to extend its looser competition rules and provide more state aid for firms adversely affected by COVID-19....
28 January 2021
UK NFU and BVA respond to government's future bovine TB eradication strategy
Defra has announced a consultation on future TB eradication strategy, which proposes to no longer license badger culls post-2022; NFU and BVA both call for new proposals to be evidence-based. ...
27 January 2021
WVA and Brooke to create first ever global list of essential livestock medicines
As part of a wider strategy to standardise health treatments for farm animals and improve health outcomes, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and animal welfare charity Brooke will collaborate to create a global list of essential veterinary medicines....
26 January 2021
Foreign Animal Diseases of Concern: Foot and Mouth Disease
Although the United States has not had foot and mouth disease (FMD) since 1929, it’s still affecting livestock elsewhere around the world — and that could return it here....
25 January 2021
With increase in rainfall, pay attention to cases of bovine leptospirosis
The intensification of rains in this period is conducive to the proliferation of different disease-causing microorganisms, such as leptospirosis, which affects several species of animals, including cattle....
24 January 2021
OIE's Global Burden of Animal Disease (GBAD) research programme secures more funding
Animal health researchers from the GBADs programme have secured $7 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK's Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office to explore and measure animal health burdens and their impacts on human...
22 January 2021
UK dairy farmers reminded to print travel passes for employees
Farmers across the UK are being reminded to print off free key worker travel passes for employees amid tighter COVID-19 restrictions....
JBS offers $100 to employees who get COVID-19 vaccine
Meatpacker JBS USA and poultry company Pilgrim’s Price Corp say that they will pay $100 to US employees who voluntarily receive a COVID-19 vaccine....
18 January 2021
NCBA warns cattle producers to take additional precautions to ward off FMD
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is calling for continued vigilance after an additional outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was reported in Namibia. ...
14 January 2021
Namibia hit with a new outbreak of FMD
Foot and mouth disease outbreak spreads further in Namibia, prompting renewed biosecurity efforts....
12 January 2021
CME update: live cattle futures fall on profit-taking and technical selling
US cattle futures sank on 11 January in a profit-taking and technical selling setback amid concerns about weakening US demand for cattle and beef....
11 January 2021
US safety regulators ignored workers’ COVID-19 complaints amid deadly outbreaks
An in-depth report from Reuters has identified a consistent pattern of COVID-19 safety complaints from workers being ignored by local, state and federal regulators, leading to slipshod responses to outbreaks and worker deaths....
08 January 2021
BMPA warns that the UK risks food shortages if food factory workers are not prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine
The British Meat Processors Association warns that the UK Government's failure to prioritise food processing workers for the coronavirus vaccine puts the country's food supply at risk. ...
07 January 2021
Smithfield Foods prepares for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to US employees
Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, says it is actively preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to employees and has medical capabilities at its US plants....
06 January 2021
Zimbabwe reports increase in tick-borne diseases in cattle
Multiple provinces in Zimbabwe are losing cattle due to tick-borne diseases, with ongoing outbreaks of January disease reported in Mashonaland West....
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