AI breakthrough to detect animal infection

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that can quickly identify parasites infecting animals. A team from Aberystwyth University, working with disease technology firm Techion, has developed and tested machine learning tools that can automatically identify parasites using camera images. It is hoped that the discovery could eventually help farmers diagnose infections faster and … Read more

Young farm vets taken under mentors’ wings in new initiative

A Welsh project working with farmers and vets to promote proactive flock and herd health management is helping create a blueprint for animal welfare, sustainability and efficiency. The Stoc+ Project, led by Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), is one strand of the Red Meat Development Program – a five-year Welsh Government and European Union-funded initiative. As … Read more

Campaigner sets up practice in ‘corporate takeover’ fight

An animal campaigner who is fighting what she sees as the “corporate takeover” of the veterinary sector has announced plans to set up a new independent practice on Anglesey. Linda Joyce-Jones launched Rosa’s Mobile Vets as she called on leading Welsh politicians to launch an inquiry into the state of the industry, which a senior … Read more

Boost for vets as Welsh Government approves ATTs for bTB

Plans to allow lay TB testers to operate in Wales will benefit its “universally stretched” veterinary workforce, a senior BVA official has said. Approved tuberculin testers (ATTs) have been given the green light to work by the Welsh Government, after the system was extended in England following an APHA pilot scheme. The move comes as … Read more

BVA welcomes Welsh Government’s first Welsh Agriculture Bill

The BVA has welcomed the Welsh Government’s first Welsh Agriculture Bill, which includes a commitment for a complete ban on the use of rodent glue traps and snares in Wales The bill, announced on September 26 by rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths, will also embed sustainable land management (SLM) goals into Welsh agriculture and give … Read more

Fears raised over insemination exemption order plan for canine fertility clinics

Regulators’ reform proposals would not be enough to tighten the rules on canine fertility clinics (CFCs), campaigners have warned. Defra said it is considering changing the law around the types of procedures non-vets can perform, after recent research by the Naturewatch Foundation revealed a tenfold increase in the number of CFCs in the UK over … Read more

Compulsory testing is critical to managing bovine viral diarrhea

Approaches to tackling bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) might differ across the devolved nations, but without compulsory testing across the UK, the dairy sector risks going backwards in its efforts to managing the disease. Rarely a month goes by where BVD is not a topic of conversation in our practice. Endemic in the UK, BVD causes … Read more

Vet-led workshop aims to improve farmers’ lamb performance

A training course led by vets has been launched to help farmers improve post-weaning lamb performance. Wales’ Farming Connect Animal Health and Welfare has added the additional module to its fully funded training workshops, making it the 16th such webinar to be rolled out. All content has been developed in conjunction with the National Animal … Read more

Tackling quality issues increases milk by ‘4p per liter’

Dairy farms involved in a project to tackle issues that impact on milk quality increased milk price by 4p per liter after making recommended changes. Farming Connect, a project in Wales delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales, and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, has been … Read more