The following is an update on the non-notifiable Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) situation in Northern Ireland (NI), and one non-notifiable LPAI case in Scotland.
Also, summary updates on recent, unrelated avian influenza events in Europe.
Avivets recommend that vets and poultry keepers in the UK ensure the highest levels of biosecurity are maintained at all times.
Equally, to ensure contingency plans are up-to-date and to promptly report any suspect cases to APHA in GB, or DAERA in NI.
Last week our new poultry vet, Sam Northing, was lucky enough to attend a Locomotory Seminar in Bruges, Belgium. The trip was kindly organised and funded by Huvepharma, a pharmaceutical company who supply us with many of our medicinal products.
Many professionals from the poultry industry were in attendance, with 28 different nations around the world coming together! Sam was treated to lots of fantastic food as well as some of the renowned strong Belgian beers while he networked with the other delegates, who work in all corners of the poultry industry. Huvepharma arranged tours of the city and even a boat cruise of the waterways through the city for the evenings.
But Sam attended the trip first and foremost to learn about locomotion as part of his training! Many important speakers gave presentations on the many problems linked to locomotion, a practical was also organised at the local Veterinary School in Ghent to put the topics into practice! Some of the key topics and most common locomotory disorders seen on farm are as follows.
The Yorkshire leg of the Vencomatic Roadshow will be held at The Angel at Topcliffe, Thirsk on Thursday 10th October, starting at 7.00pm. William Garton from Avivets will be speaking to the audience about the importance of 'Gut Health'.
· H3 is a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) detected in Belgium at the start of January 2019
· The virus has adapted to chickens from native wild birds
· Research shows preference to laying organs, explaining why laying and breeding hens are mainly affected
· The virus is transmitted through contact with contaminated materials and between animals
· The H3 virus is completely harmless to humans and the food chain
· Not notifiable
The BVPA gamebird Mycoplasma project has confirmed that Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) plays a central role in respiratory disease in pheasants and partridges. Its effects vary depending on the presence of other factors. These include the presence of other infectious agents (viruses, bacteria) affecting the respiratory tract, other intercurrent diseases that can stress the birds and also a range of non-infectious factors. Many of these non-infectious factors relate to the management of the birds, including stocking density, hygiene, feeding, origin of the birds, whether birds from different sources are mixed etc.
Avivets are running an exclusive offer to celebrate this year's Pig & Poultry Fair. For any UK poultry producer who signs up for an Avivets' service plan stating the code P&P18 they will be eligible to receive their first farm visit for free and will be able to place their first vaccine order with Avivets free of charge. Examples of the Avivets' standard service plans are available on our website under the Service Plans tab. You can find full terms and conditions for the Pig & Poultry Fair 2018 Exclusive Offer in this article
It is well known that hens respond to increased periods of light by coming into lay. We call hens long-day breeders meaning they become reproductively active when the day length increases, signifying spring has arrived and causing an increased release of the hormone melatonin. The opposite example to a long-day breeder would be the sheep, a short-day breeder. The ewe comes into heat in the autumn when the day length decreases so that her conception, gestation and parturition align in time for spring. The ewe’s level of melatonin increases as it would in the hen but in response to the shorter day rather than the longer. Scientists and producers have successfully manipulated the role of photostimulation to their advantage in a number of species, but perhaps none as successfully as the laying hen.
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.