Cong govt to kill BJP's cow bill - Times of India

Bengaluru: The winter session of the state legislature beginning in Belagavi on Tuesday is likely to be stormy with the government deciding to withdraw the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Protection Bill, 2010. The BJP, which has already planned to stall the legislature proceedings demanding resignation of four ministers, will see red over the move as the Bill was passed during its rule. When it was passed, the Congress had opposed the legislation that banned slaughter of cattle and imposed stringent punishment for violations. The then governor H R Bhardwaj had sent the legislation to the President, who sought clarifications and then approved it. The legislation incorporating amendments sought by the President has not been tabled in the legislature after the Congress came to power. The BJP had promised in its 2008 assembly polls manifesto that it would ban cow slaughter if it came to power. After the bill was passed, the Congress promised during the 2013 elections that it would restore original provisions of the legislation.

RPA publishes new CAP cross compliance guidance - Farmers Guardian

What was SMR 3 (sewage sludge) and SMRs 13, 14 and 15 (control of foot and mouth disease, certain animal diseases and bluetongue) have been removed.

What was GAEC 11 (control of weeds) and 12 (agricultural land which is not in agricultural production) have been removed. Instead, as part of theBPS eligibility rules, this agricultural land will need to be maintained so that it is kept clear of dense scrub.

Claimants no longer need to keep a Soil Protection Review (SPR). Instead, there are new rules for soils (GAECs 4, 5,and 6).

Under a new GAEC 7, rules for landscape features have changed. Changes to rules include:

RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said: “From today, our customers can find comprehensive and up-to-date information on all the changes in one place on GOV.UK. Printed copies of the guidance will be going out to all customers before the end of the year.”

He urged all likey BPS or RDP land-based scheme claimants to familiarise themselves with the rules, especially those highlighted with a warning triangle, which flags up areas of cross compliance which can attract high failure rates.

Several thousand cattle quarantined near Yellowstone - Reuters

(Reuters) - Several thousand head of cattle have been quarantined in Montana after a cow near Yellowstone National Park tested positive for brucellosis, the livestock disease much feared by ranchers and also carried by elk and bison, state livestock officials said on Friday.

The disruption comes at a crucial moment for the region's beef producers, who are in the midst of readying the bulk of their herds for sale at a time of record high prices for the cattle they bring to auction.

The quarantine will for the time being place off-limits livestock belonging to the rancher whose cow tested positive - likely infected by an elk - and neighboring producers whose herds may have been exposed through intermingling of livestock, officials said.

But the finding will not cost Montana its prized brucellosis-free status, which allows cows to be shipped across state lines without vaccination or testing, he said.

Several thousand head in all are affected by the quarantine, a fraction of the more than 2 million cattle raised throughout Montana, state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski said.

Holmes County deer hunting preserve ordered to euthanize herd of 300 trophy bucks, does

MILLERSBURG, Ohio – The first positive test for Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio has turned into a catastrophe for the World Class Whitetails Hunting Preserve in Holmes County, one of the largest of more than 500 deer farms and high fence hunting operations in the state.

Because of continuing violations of a quarantine order by owner Daniel M. Yoder of World Class Whitetails Hunting Preserve, Director David T. Daniels of the Ohio Department of Agriculture ruled Nov. 26 that approximately 300 deer at the fenced deer farm must be killed. ODA officials have not revealed how the animals will be euthanized.

All will be tested for CWD, which affects the brain and nervous system of infected cervids (deer, elk and moose) and eventually results in death. Researchers need to check a deer's lymph nodes and brain stem for CWD, so only dead deer can be tested.

Livestock disease found in Montana cow - Casper Star-Tribune Online

Montana livestock officials say a cow from a Madison County cattle herd has tested positive for the disease brucellosis.

The Department of Livestock said Friday that the animal was identified during testing by a rancher whose cattle graze inside a designated disease surveillance area around Yellowstone National Park.

Brucellosis can cause pregnant animals to abort their young.

State veterinarian Marty Zaluski says the ranch where the infection was found has been quarantined and adjacent livestock producers notified.

Brucellosis was first introduced by infected livestock brought in by European settlers. It's since been largely eradicated from cattle in the U.S., but persists in elk and other wildlife in and around Yellowstone.

The disease has been found in Montana cattle in five of the past eight years.

Tips for Handling Early Weaned Pigs - National Hog Farmer

When pork producers experience an outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in a herd, a common strategy used to stop the disease from spreading is to quickly wean all piglets who have not yet contracted the disease and move them out of the facility. Consequently, some piglets are moving to the nursery as young as 7 days of age. Weaning younger, more vulnerable piglets means extra attention to detail and some tender loving care (TLC) is needed to get pigs off to a good start.

Matt Grimm, associate director of production for Professional Swine Management in Carthage, IL, shared tips for success when working with early weaned pigs during the recent Swine Health and Production Conference, sponsored by Carthage Veterinary Service.

Grimm says the secret to success really isn’t so “secret” at all. “It really is all about going back to the basics,” he explains. “Ultimately, these are the things we should have been doing when it comes to pig care anyway. We are just going to be doing it more frequently and more intensively in the face of PEDV.”

He says the first, most obvious step involves moving pigs in clean trucks or trailers. Once the piglets arrive at the new facility, there are some basic actions that producers can take to help maximize the chances of survivability.

“One of the things I’ve learned is to keep things simple, make sure we have a plan in place and execute that plan,” Grimm says. “On the onset of a break we will be weaning pigs from as young as 7 days of age all the way up to 21 days of age. We need to be prepared with our diets on our farms and work with a nutritionist to make sure we are set up to feed the pigs properly, based on the age of the pigs, and it may be a significantly different feeding strategy than we would have had previously.”

Grimm says a lot more intensive care goes on in facilities during a break. He follows three basic, general rules for providing that extra TLC:

Keep the barn hot.

Beef trade with China in the plan - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

RUSSIA'S not interested but China, the world's leading consumer of meat, has its eyes on Australian cattle.

Negotiations between China and Australia are beefing-up this week after talks in Beijing pre-G20, with the region's cattle industry now being included in discussions.

According to the Federal Government, the deal between Australia and China is expected to involve one million beef cattle annually, at a value of more than $1billion - effectively doubling Australia's live-export cattle trade.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, Australian live cattle exports reached 1.13million head, up 79% on 2012-13, and were valued at $1.05billion.

It's a positive outlook for the national industry but the region's supply is on trade hold due to the bluetongue virus.

"The China free trade deal doesn't allow live cattle from northern Australia," Jambin cattle farmer Geoff Maynard said.

"It takes the tariff off live cattle, however live cattle from northern Australia aren't allowed to go to China because of the bluetongue virus."

Mandatory pig movement reporting shows value in tracking swine disease movement – mySteinbach News

The Manager of PigTrace Canada says the mandatory reporting of swine movements in Canada is already demonstrating its value in terms of tracking the movement of disease.

Effective July 1, 2014 under changes to Canada’s Health of Animals Regulation the reporting of the movements of live swine in Canada become mandatory.

Under the new regulation both the shipper and receiver of pigs must report the source and destination of the load of animals, the license plate number of the truck that moved them, the date and time they were loaded, the number of animals and any official animal identification numbers on them to the PigTrace Canada database within seven days.

Jeff Clark, the Manager of PigTrace Canada, an initiative of the Canadian Pork Council, notes CFIA inspectors have started tracking compliance.

We’ve really asked CFIA, let’s take an educational approach but it is a law so CFIA inspectors have the right to issue letters of non-compliance.

There will be a fine structure eventually and my guess is by early 2016 we’ll have fines come into effect but, the way I look at it, this is really a value for industry.

Common Deer Parasites Do Not Affect Venison - Growing Idaho

While dressing a deer this fall, there are some common parasites you may encounter. None of these parasites actually affects the quality of the deer meat, but it is important to recognize what they are.

Louse flies…Have you ever noticed little wingless critters crawling around on a deer’s belly? Those are louse flies -- also called deer keds. The adult flies shed their wings and become flightless. While at first glance louse flies resemble small ticks, they only have six legs.

The deer serves as a host during part of the louse fly’s life cycle. The wingless adult fly produces eggs, which grow to larvae and pupae and then fall off the deer. On the ground, the winged adult emerges from the pupa and searches for another deer to start the cycle over again.

Bot flies…Have you seen a deer during the summer running and jumping around swinging its head back and forth? More than likely, this deer is trying to avoid a bot fly. The bot fly will use a deer as a host to incubate its larvae by landing on the deer’s nose and quickly depositing eggs. The eggs will then migrate to the deer’s nasal cavity and begin to grow.

Farmers face losing grants if they are late testing livestock for bovine TB - Western Morning News

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Farmers who are late testing their cattle for bovine TB will be ‘fined’ a proportion of their farm grants from next month, Defra has announced.

Farmers in the Westcountry – a hotspot for bovine TB – are required to have all their animals tested annually. From January 1 any farm that misses the deadline will face losing a part of any payments it receives through the Common Agricultural Policy.

Farms Minister and Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice said: “Improving cattle movement controls and the effectiveness of testing is an important part of our strategy to eradicate bovine TB in England.”

But Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President, questioned the use of what she called the “blunt instrument” of withholding grants.


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