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Will the new Agriculture law hurt animal welfare post-Brexit?

Yesterday - 12th October 2020 - MPs in the UK voted to approve the new Agriculture Bill. This law will set out the framework for a wide range of matters related to British agriculture as the UK leaves the European Union at the end of the year. However, the bill has been really controversial, and the House of Lords actually sent it back to the Commons to be reconsidered before this crucial vote. So what’s the fuss about?

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What Is a Micropig and should I get one?

Micropigs were popular pets back in 2010, when Paris Hilton and stars of The Only Way is Essex bought them. Now they’re facing a resurgence, with popstar Ariana Grande and YouTube stars Logan Paul and Robert reportedly owning micropigs. But what are they? Does a pig make a good pet? 

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Farm Vets and the Coronavirus pandemic

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly on a daily basis, the UK government has been forced to take extraordinary measures in an attempt to slow down the spread of this viral pandemic. The general public have been instructed to remain at home and avoid all unnecessary social contact. This includes working from home wherever possible; however for certain key professions this is not possible. 

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Is a house cow a good idea?

Cattle were first domesticated by humans approximately 10,000 years ago. Since then, selective breeding has led to a plethora of different breeds, each with their own unique adaptations. In Britain, breeds such as Holsteins, Friesians, Jerseys and Guernseys are renowned for the quantity and quality of their milk. As such, they are generally kept as dairy animals. Herefords, Aberdeen Angus and Limousins are just a few of the most popular beef breeds; kept specifically for meat production. 
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Cows on dairy farms – what’s the truth?

In the first of a new series of farm-animal blogs, our new vet blogger Zack explores the world of dairy farming. Want to know the truth about dairy cows and their lives, from someone who works with them day in day out? Then read on!

Can People Catch Diseases from Animals? Part 3

In this final part of our series on zoonotic infections, we’re going to look at rarer or emerging zoonoses – those where the zoonotic risk is perhaps less well known.
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