• Settle Surgery

    Station Road
    Settle BD24 9AA

  • Bentham Branch Clinic

    Main Street
    High Bentham LA2 7LE

  • Gisburn Farm Office

    Gisburn
    BB7 4ES

T: 01729 823 538

E: info@daleheadvetgroup.co.uk

Latest Farm News

  • 24th September 2017 - Beef Breeding Farm Open Day

    We are hosting a beef breeding open day from 11am on Sunday 24th September at Gallaber Farm, Burton in Lonsdale LA6 3LU and anyone with an interest in breeding beef cattle and returning a profit is invited to come along. 

    The event is being run in conjunction with the North West Limousin Club and there is a topic for every person who is calving beef cattle, including seminars on bull and heifer selection, synchronisation for breeding and fertility.

    Please RSVP to the surgery on 01729 823538 to enable us to organise catering for the day. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Avian Influenza Update

    APHA have today announced that all poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday 13th April following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.

    The requirement to house or fully net poultry in Higher Risk Areas of England, introduced on 28th February to minimise the risk of them catching avian flu from wild birds , will be lifted.

    All poultry keepers must however continue to implement the enhanced biosecurity measures which were also introduced on 28th February. This includes taking steps to reduce the risk to their birds, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors. 

    For any further information please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/updated-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu 

  • Avian Influenza Confirmed Case

    Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) Strain H5N8

     

    The confirmed case has been identified as the same strain found in Carmarthenshire, Lincolnshire and in a number of wild birds across the UK.

     

    Public Health England has stated that the 'risk to public health from the virus is very low.There have never been any recorded cases of H5N8 in humans'.

     

    FSA has stated that 'Bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers'.

     

    Symptoms in Poultry (non specific):

    • Swollen head
    • Blue discolouration of neck and throat
    • Loss of appetite
    • Respiratory symptoms
    • Diarrhoea
    • Reduced egg production
    • Death

    Source of infection - wild birds (usually waterfowl - ducks/geese/swans).

     

    The disease is spread by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces (not airborne viral spread).

     

    In cold weather the disease will survive in water and some surfaces.

     

    Regular disinfection of environment is recommended with a product such as FAM or Virkon.

     

    Advice to Poultry Owners:

    • 'Keep birds in a suitable building where possible, and taking precautions such as  putting up netting, keeping food and water inside and disinfecting footwear and equipment after contact with wild birds'

     

    Advice to Public:

    • Report dead waterfowl (swans/geese/ducks) or gulls or 5 or more birds of other species in the same location to defra helpline 

    03459335577

    or for advice and guidance on what to do if you keep poultry or to report suspicion of disease

    03000200301

    (8.30 - 5pm + also ooh)

     

    Prevention Zone - whole country until at least 28th February 2017

    Locally 3km + 10km protection and surveillance zones set up 6th January 2017

    See defra website for details:

     

    http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

     

    If you have any queries please contact the farm vets on 01729 823538.

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