The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed on 12th January that Avian Influenza of the H5N6 strain was been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset.
UK chief vet Nigel Gibbens has defended the use of colony hen cages, with the support of Avivets, to ward against avian influenza after being accused by some vets of showing ‘brazen endorsement’ for caging. The article from Vet Record is available here.
In May this year, a number of organisations and veterinary practices involved in the shooting industry met, hosted by the Game Farmers’ Association, to discuss the use of antibiotics in game bird rearing. The conversations focused on the quantity of antibiotics used, our reliance on them and the route in which we deliver them to our birds. The aims of the meeting were to set targets for gradually reducing our reliance on antibiotics to meet the growing pressure from governmental and global bodies to cut our usage of antibiotics in the game bird sector. Read the full article here.
Avivets are pleased to announce the first 'The Broiler Form' event to be held on 1st November 2017 at Carden Park, Chester CH3 9DQ. The event will be held in The Shooting starting at 6pm with a sponsored bar and a hot meal buffet served from 7pm. We have speakers covering the key topics of water quality and the cost of avian influenza.
Our Avivets director, Will Garton, has been selected for the National Farmer's Union's prestigious 'Poultry Industry Programme 2017-18'. Will is one of sixteen participants for the programme, who met for the first time in September. The development programme is aimed at young poultry farmers, industry figures and professionals who are creating a career for themselves in the British poultry sector.
In today’s nutraceutical market for animal health there are numerous products available to help keep your birds strong and healthy in preparation for the shooting season. In fact, there are so many, which have so many similarities that it is often difficult, if not confusing, to know what product to use and when.
The NFU in the North West has again organised the Autumn Turkey Marketing Meetings to be held in October. The meetings are free to attend and aim to cover the different facets involved with turkey production. Avivets director, William Garton, has been asked to attend as guest speaker to cover health updates and current issues in seasonal turkey production. In addition, the meetings provide a really fantastic occasion to catch up with fellow producers, meet figures from the industry, and develop new contacts. It’s also a great opportunity to discuss any issues, problems or ideas you may have.
The UK has now been declared free of avian influenza after a series of confirmed outbreaks throughout late 2016 and early 2017 of the H5N8 strain.
Avivets publish another game bird article with shooting partner, Guns on Pegs, with this month's article covering the control of worms in release pens. The full article is available here.
A recently published book 'Game Meat Hygiene' has advocated the use of veterinary health plans in the management of captive reared game birds that are released for sporting purposes. The chapter, 'Health Plans for Wild Gamebirds', is written by the renowned poultry and game bird vet, Tom Pennycott, who has experience in both governmental and private practice veterinary roles. The full chapter can be found at this link.
Avivets' hosted our first veterinary student in July, Beth Watson, who is a third year vet student from the University of Liverpool. Beth spent a week with our team at High Legh and has written an article for our news feed about her experiences with us. Avivets would like to thank Beth for being an exemplary student. Enjoy the read!
To ensure your birds get off the best start with the best chance of a stress free release, Avivets have released a specific game bird tonic: AviGBT
The British Poultry Council (BPC) have this week announced the reductions in antibiotic usage made by the UK poultry meat sector. From 2012 to 2016, a huge reduction of 71% has been made, which the BPC describe as 'enormous progress'.
A decline in the reporting of Avian Influenza cases across Europe is not reflected across the globe. Outbreaks remain high throughout Africa and China.
Producers are urged to be on the look out for heat stress in all poultry, intensive and extensive, given the current heat wave sweeping across the UK.
Outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus continue throughout Europe, including the UK, but the detection in wild birds is decreasing.
Read the latest advice on how to minimise the threat of Hexamita and Trichomonas through reduction and prevention strategies, written by Avivets, published by Guns on Pegs.
Avivets director, Will Garton, has been voted on to the committee of Lancashire Poultry Club.
Great news for all our customers - Avivets are now able to supply a whole range of clean out and wash down products including disinfectants, sanitizers and detergents!
Avivets were proud to be delegates and sponsors at this year’s annual international Turkey Science and Production Conference in Chester.
Read all about the post-restriction implications for gamebirds following the recent lifting of the housing and restriction orders.
Team captain Will Garton from Avivets helped his team win the first ever Lancashire Poultry Club charity clay pigeon shoot.