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Vaccination is happening against a virus which deforms lambs and calves

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is a Government agency here in Britain. It’s part of the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Among other tasks, VMD approves new veterinary drugs and vaccines. Farming eyes have been on VMD … Continue reading

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Small stock connections lead to better business for goat keepers in Zimbabwe

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Feed is scarce for livestock in the dry season, farmers can lose up to 30% of their herds in these three months (photo on Flickr by ICRISAT/Swathi Sridharan). Willie Dar, director general of the International…

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The great milk robbery

GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation. GRAIN says that it ‘works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.’ Here’s a report by GRAIN about the importance of milk to the … Continue reading

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Millions of small-scale food producers on a collision course with climate change

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Livestock development in poor countries will face increasingly stiff regulations for operating in a carbon-constrained economy. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimated in 2006 that global livestock contributes up to 18% of global…

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Salt licks

Farmers place blocks of salt for livestock to lick. The block contains several of the animals’ mineral needs including sodium chloride (NaCl) which we humans use as table salt. Animals know when they need salt. It’s different for each species. … Continue reading

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Foot and mouth disease

Here in Britain we’ll never forget how ten million animals were slaughtered when foot and mouth disease (FMD) spread through sheep, cattle, goats and pigs in 2001-2. We saw horrifying images of mass pyres burning the carcases. The disease broke … Continue reading

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