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Project reveals pigs’ enthusiasm for playtime
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Chatter box The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. Chatter box

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Equine News
AMR: EU ban on group use of prophylactics confirmed
AMR: EU ban on group use of prophylactics confirmed

NPA says there could be major implications for pig health
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Gene-edited pigs are resistant to PRRS, study finds
Gene-edited pigs are resistant to PRRS, study finds

Results show potential of technique to benefit pork industry
Bristol vets to benchmark farm animal medicine use
Bristol vets to benchmark farm animal medicine use

Project will provide beef industry with tools to achieve RUMA target
Pig sector praised for reducing antibiotic use
Pig sector praised for reducing antibiotic use

Chief medical officer attends industry event in London
Study to ‘underpin direction of sheep genetics’
Study to ‘underpin direction of sheep genetics’

Experts aim to maximise genetic, economic and environmental gain
Study highlights scale of field trials for bTB vaccine
Study highlights scale of field trials for bTB vaccine

Researchers propose smaller, natural transmission experiments
New welfare codes for laying hens welcomed
New welfare codes for laying hens welcomed

Codes highlight benefit of veterinary surveillance systems
BVA seeks views on OV training and revalidation system
BVA seeks views on OV training and revalidation system

Survey follows concerns about cost and duplication of learning
AMR: EU proposal to ban group use of prophylactics
AMR: EU proposal to ban group use of prophylactics

Industry bodies say plans are ‘unnecessary’ and could harm pigs
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George Eustice announces funding for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

Farming minister George Eustice has announced a £5.7million funding package to help farmers tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

The funding will be available in England for three years through the Rural Development Programme and farmers will be able to apply for one-to-one farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner.

The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.

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