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Defra update on the latest poultry disease trends

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Farmers Weekly News | 0 comments

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Each quarter Defra highlights emerging avian disease trends in a free-to-access report published on its website. It is a report worth receiving, and this latest update covers bird flu, wooden breast syndrome and unusual diseases emerging in broilers. Newcastle Disease in Europe The disease was confirmed on a multi-age commercial broiler farm in Romania in April. The birds were reported to have been vaccinated three times with a live attenuated vaccine, but lack of biosecurity and incorrect vaccination procedures were […]

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Top tips on autumn rat management for poultry farmers

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Farmers Weekly News | 0 comments

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Autumn is the time of year rodents really begin to cause problems for poultry farms. David Reece, a leading authority on pest control and technical adviser for Lodi UK provides some pointers. Everything in a rodent’s life revolves around food. It is their number one priority, closely followed by somewhere to live, breed and raise their young. Poultry houses meet all of those criteria and the potentially devastating consequences of infestation makes their prevention and control a priority. See also: […]

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Farmer Focus: Harvest 2016 average the worst for 30 years

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It’s been a month now since my last article and frustratingly I have to report that harvest here started badly and got steadily worse. We have only just finished, with yields that have turned out to be my worst overall average for 30 years. As I feared, wheat has been very disappointing, regardless of variety. The general consensus seems to place the blame on poor weather earlier in the year that affected the size of the heads and then further dull weather when it […]

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Survey points to low risk of wheat bulb fly attacks

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A recent survey’s prediction that it is likely to be a low-risk year for wheat bulb fly will be welcome news for cereal growers, especially as some chemical treatments are now banned. All cereals, except oats, can be attacked by the pest, although it is largely reported in wheat. Incidence of the insect is likely to be low this season due a dry harvest time. See also: 5 pesticide rules to remember for the new cropping season The AHDB survey shows 2016 ranks among […]

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Map: Mild autumn sparks oilseed rape phoma fears

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Farmers Weekly News | 0 comments

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Oilseed rape growers are being urged to inspect their crops for phoma as the period of infection nears for a disease which can cut yields by up to 0.5t/ha, costing more than £150. Although disease levels are currently low, weather conditions are good for the release of disease spores, so symptoms may be more widespread by mid-October. Late-drilled crops and those damaged by cabbage stem flea beetles are likely to be most at risk. Crops with more than 10% of plants […]

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