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Eighty per cent of Brits buy their dog a Christmas present

Survey reveals extent of nation’s pet pampering habits
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Chatter box A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  Chatter box

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Experts raise concern over ASF risk to US
Experts raise concern over ASF risk to US

Virus can endure journeys of more than 30 hours
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Farmers urged to increase vigilance for bluetongue
Farmers urged to increase vigilance for bluetongue

Virus detected in Yorkshire and Northern Ireland
Low-level herd diseases in pigs to be identified at slaughter
Low-level herd diseases in pigs to be identified at slaughter

New scheme will allow pig farmers access to post-mortem data
New process could end culling of male chicks
New process could end culling of male chicks

Gender can now be identified in hatching eggs
RSPCA welcomes new powers for live exports
RSPCA welcomes new powers for live exports

Government urged to embrace opportunity for change
EU Summary report on presence of TSEs published
EU Summary report on presence of TSEs published

EFSA presents the results of surveillance on transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
Defra updates contingency plan for notifiable diseases
Defra updates contingency plan for notifiable diseases

Plan outlines how Defra will manage an outbreak
Northern Ireland’s TB status could be helped by new Actiphage test
Northern Ireland’s TB status could be helped by new Actiphage test

DAERA urged to take all relevant steps to improve current TB testing in Northern Ireland
RSPCA launches appeal after suspected chicken poisonings
RSPCA launches appeal after suspected chicken poisonings

Chickens found having been frothing from the mouth
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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.

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