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Livetec launches new online emergency help form

Livetec launches new online emergency help form

11 August 2022

Livetec are pleased to announce the launch of our 24-hour emergency help form to our team of experts, supporting the 24/7 working environment of UK poultry farmers.

Building the future of biosecurity

Building the future of biosecurity

4 August 2022

The farming industry continues too face a multitude of challenges, one in particular being disease. Biosecurity is the future of livestock protection.

What is Newcastle disease in poultry?

What is Newcastle disease in poultry?

3 August 2022

Newcastle disease is a highly contagious viral disease that affects poultry and can lead to significant losses in poultry populations.

What is structural and operational biosecurity?

What is structural and operational biosecurity?

2 August 2022

There are many levels to biosecurity. Operational and structural biosecurity both encompass different measures that protect farm businesses.

You can’t afford for biosecurity to be an afterthought

You can’t afford for biosecurity to be an afterthought

29 July 2022

Biosecurity is your strongest line of defence against the threat of disease. You need biosecurity measures in place to safeguard your animals and business.

How animal welfare and biosecurity go hand in hand

How animal welfare and biosecurity go hand in hand

28 July 2022

Animal welfare and biosecurity go hand-in-hand as the need to protect the welfare of livestock cannot be achieved without implementing robust biosecurity measures.

The leading animal welfare organisations in the UK

The leading animal welfare organisations in the UK

27 July 2022

The UK has some of the highest standards of farm animal welfare seen anywhere, with several leading animal welfare organisations constantly improving welfare standards.

Bird flu in wild birds & its impact on UK farmers

Bird flu in wild birds & its impact on UK farmers

26 July 2022

UK Poultry farmers should remain in a state of high alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 continues to devastate wild bird colonies across the country.

How to get better feed conversion from broiler chickens

How to get better feed conversion from broiler chickens

21 July 2022

If you are raising broiler chickens, then it is important to get the best feed conversion possible, as it can impact both the health of your poultry and your bottom line.

What are the Red Tractor Welfare Standards?

What are the Red Tractor Welfare Standards?

20 July 2022

Founded in 2000, Red Tractor Assurance Scheme is a UK-based food and farming scheme. Livetec can help make your farming business compliant.

How to rear broiler chickens

How to rear broiler chickens

19 July 2022

Chicken is the meat of choice for UK consumers, with 20 million birds entering the supply chain each week and 1.16 billion of them processed each year, but how are they farmed?

How to prevent a disease outbreak on-farm

How to prevent a disease outbreak on-farm

15 July 2022

With the increasing risks of disease outbreaks to farms across the UK, it is critical that farm businesses don’t take biosecurity for granted.

A biosecurity checklist

A biosecurity checklist

14 July 2022

Creating a comprehensive biosecurity checklist requires a detailed understanding of how your farm business operates.

Are you covered for all three types of biosecurity?

Are you covered for all three types of biosecurity?

13 July 2022

There are three distinct types of biosecurity needed to provide the highest level of defence, conceptual, structural and procedural.

The Livetec team attends the National Egg and Poultry Awards

The Livetec team attends the National Egg and Poultry Awards

7 July 2022

Livetec enjoyed the National Egg and Poultry Awards last night in London, as we were nominated for Trade Supplier of the Year!

Livetec Systems adds electric vehicles to fleet

Livetec Systems adds electric vehicles to fleet

30 June 2022

We are delighted to announce that we have added two new Volkswagen electric vehicles to our fleet as part of our commitment to lowering our carbon footprint.

Is bird flu a notifiable disease?

Is bird flu a notifiable disease?

20 June 2022

Bird flu is classified as a notifiable disease by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Where did bird flu come from?

Where did bird flu come from?

14 June 2022

Bird flu, a highly-pathogenic notifiable disease, is not a new threat to poultry farmers. Read more about the history of bird flu, including where it came from.

Farm planning: Reducing the risk of disease

Farm planning: Reducing the risk of disease

9 June 2022

A farm plan is a document which defines a strategy for managing both financial and physical aspects of your farming business.

How to plan a poultry farm

How to plan a poultry farm

1 June 2022

What has to be considered when looking at starting a farm business in today's commercial farming environment.

Do farm buildings need planning permission?

Do farm buildings need planning permission?

30 May 2022

Farms have the same type of planning regulations as other types of property but some planning rules have special conditions which apply to agricultural buildings and land.

How to review your biosecurity plan

How to review your biosecurity plan

25 May 2022

Reviewing your biosecurity plan can be a daunting task but there are some steps you can take which will help you navigate the process.

Backyard Poultry: Best Biosecurity Practices

Backyard Poultry: Best Biosecurity Practices

23 May 2022

What can backyard poultry owners and small producers do to mitigate the risks of diseases, like bird flu infecting their flock?

Vote for Livetec at the National Egg & Poultry Awards!

Vote for Livetec at the National Egg & Poultry Awards!

19 May 2022

We are excited to announce that Livetec have been nominated for Trade Supplier of the Year at the National Egg and Poultry Awards! Vote now.

Heat stress: The increasing challenges to farmers

Heat stress: The increasing challenges to farmers

18 May 2022

Heat stress is becoming more of a problem for poultry farmers in recent years as temperatures in the UK continue to rise in the summer months causing distress in many flocks.

Livetec to attend the Bedfordshire Young Farmers Rally

Livetec to attend the Bedfordshire Young Farmers Rally

16 May 2022

Our Livetec team will be at the Bedfordshire Young Farmers Rally this Saturday 21st May talking about biosecurity, career opportunities and providing advice!

Livetec attends the Pig and Poultry Fair 2022!

Livetec attends the Pig and Poultry Fair 2022!

13 May 2022

Livetec are delighted to have introduced our newest service and communicated the continual need for better biosecurity practices at the British Pig and Poultry Fair 2022!

What is a broiler chicken?

What is a broiler chicken?

10 May 2022

The broiler chicken is a specific breed that is raised for meat. Find out how they're reared and the benefits they provide to the poultry industry and UK consumers.

Livetec Systems launch Farm Health Guardian (FHG)

Livetec Systems launch Farm Health Guardian (FHG)

9 May 2022

We are excited to showcase our new, innovative biosecurity solution for farm enterprises at the Pig & Poultry Fair 2022.

African Swine Fever: Should UK farmers be worried?

African Swine Fever: Should UK farmers be worried?

5 May 2022

Could African Swine Fever (ASF) be joining the list of diseases UK pig farmers deal with, including E.coli, PRRS virus, Porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), Strep suis and Salmonella.

What is bird flu and how does it impact farmers?

What is bird flu and how does it impact farmers?

2 May 2022

Investigating the impact to British farmers of bird flu and exploring how it spreads, the symptoms, and the practical solutions available to farm businesses.

Livetec confirm attendance at the British Pig and Poultry Fair

Livetec confirm attendance at the British Pig and Poultry Fair

26 April 2022

Our expert team will be on stand 39 at the British Pig and Poultry Fair on the 10th and 11th May, to talk about biosecurity and provide farmers with advice, support and guidance.

How is bird flu transmitted?

How is bird flu transmitted?

20 April 2022

Most wild birds carry the bird flu virus without displaying any symptoms and can transmit the disease to domestic poultry through direct or indirect contact.

What is biosecurity?

What is biosecurity?

15 April 2022

Biosecurity is essential for livestock protection, but what actually is it and how can farmers implement the measures in their farming businesses?

Investigating attitudes to biosecurity on broiler farms

Investigating attitudes to biosecurity on broiler farms

14 April 2022

Whilst biosecurity continues to become an increasingly important topic throughout the Agricultural industry, this study investigates how farm workers feel about it.

8 steps to a biosecure farm

8 steps to a biosecure farm

8 April 2022

Livetec are biosecurity experts with experience in both notifiable and non-notifiable disease outbreaks. Protect yourself from outbreaks in 8 steps.

Proudly announcing our new website!

Proudly announcing our new website!

1 April 2022

Our new website features the latest industry news, insights into our work at Livetec, whitepapers, product guides and a shop with the award-winning NEX!

What is the housing order and when does it end?

What is the housing order and when does it end?

29 March 2022

The housing order came into effect on Monday 29th November 2021, due to the rapid and wide-spread of bird flu, but what does the housing order mean for poultry farmers?

Biosecurity spotlight: Stopping the spread of AI

Biosecurity spotlight: Stopping the spread of AI

21 March 2022

As avian influenza is now classed as endemic in the UK, it is critical that farmers follow and implement strict biosecurity practices. Find out how in this Biosecurity Spotlight.

The broiler chicken family tree

The broiler chicken family tree

14 March 2022

Chickens raised for meat are called broilers, or broiler chickens. With chicken being the most popular meat in the UK, processing 1.16 billion of them a year - this is where they come from.

UK officially hits 100 cases of bird flu

UK officially hits 100 cases of bird flu

2 March 2022

For the first time ever, the UK has surpassed 100 cases of bird flu in one season. It has never been more important to implement and follow strict biosecurity measures.

The impact of processing delays

The impact of processing delays

11 January 2022

Processing delays remain a challenge for farmers, affecting a farm’s ability to process livestock and maintain operations. Find out more about the threats farmers face.

Northern Ireland has its worst bird flu outbreak

Northern Ireland has its worst bird flu outbreak

10 January 2022

Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu has been sweeping its way through Northern Ireland over the past few months. Keep up to date with the latest situation here.

Livetec and BFREPA launch new biosecurity service

Livetec and BFREPA launch new biosecurity service

7 January 2022

We are proud to announce our newest partnership with BFREPA! Find out how we are working together to protect UK farmers and preventing the spread of disease.

Avian influenza in the UK reaches 60 cases

Avian influenza in the UK reaches 60 cases

17 December 2021

How bad is the 2021 Avian Influenza pandemic right now? Read the latest figures following the situation across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Biosecurity absolutely critical amidst AI outbreak

Biosecurity absolutely critical amidst AI outbreak

15 December 2021

Biosecurity is more critical than ever as Britain faces the worst bird flu outbreak on record. Find out how Livetec can help embed biosecurity measures to mitigate outbreaks.

Livetec awarded silver for BFA Contractor Innovator of the Year!

Livetec awarded silver for BFA Contractor Innovator of the Year!

22 October 2021

Livetec awarded silver for Contractor Innovator Of The Year Award at BFA in recognition of our work with DEFRA and efforts to improve biosecurity and sustainability on farms.

Recognition for Contingency Planning Client Work at the BFA

Recognition for Contingency Planning Client Work at the BFA

30 September 2021

Livetec are proud of the recognition our contingency planning work has received at the BFA. Find out how we protect our clients reputations and livelihoods.

Disease outbreak reported on farm in Angus

Disease outbreak reported on farm in Angus

29 September 2021

Livetec responded to this case in Scotland, after an infection had started sweeping through a large quantity of broiler chickens.

Pinpointing the cause of store shelf shortages

Pinpointing the cause of store shelf shortages

26 September 2021

Store shelf shortages have become an ever increasing worry across the UK, but why? Find out how Livetec has identified the problem at the route and our solution.

BFA Contractor of the Year Shortlisting for Defra work

BFA Contractor of the Year Shortlisting for Defra work

24 September 2021

In 2020 and 2021, we worked closely with DEFRA once again, providing emergency depopulation services during avian influenza outbreaks across the country.

What a contingency plan is and why you need one

What a contingency plan is and why you need one

7 September 2021

At Livetec we work to mitigate the risks of outbreaks with help from our unique contingency planning service. Read more about how to benefit from a contingency plan here.

What to do during an avian influenza outbreak

What to do during an avian influenza outbreak

4 September 2021

Avian Influenza outbreaks can be very damaging to UK farmers. What do you do when one occurs? Find out how Livetec helps farmers with emergency depopulation.

Salmonella Infantis outbreak in Herefordshire

Salmonella Infantis outbreak in Herefordshire

31 August 2021

Livetec quickly mobilised to a farm in Herefordshire where a confirmed case of Salmonella Infantis had infected a large quantity of broiler chickens.

Protecting your farm business with biosecurity

Protecting your farm business with biosecurity

30 August 2021

Disease doesn't just appear on farms during epidemics. Robust biosecurity practices are the most effective and efficient way to minimise risk. Read More.

Improving your bottom line during supply problems

Improving your bottom line during supply problems

25 August 2021

Supply chain issues, labour shortages, processing or CO2 supply availability, find out how we are working with farmers to minimise the scale of any potential losses.

Livetec called to Norfolk for E. coli outbreak

Livetec called to Norfolk for E. coli outbreak

22 August 2021

Livetec was called to a farm in Norfolk in August 2021, where it was found that E.coli had spread through a very large number of the resident broiler chickens.

Livetec: More than just a depopulation service

Livetec: More than just a depopulation service

18 August 2021

We’re building the future of biosecurity with science-led solutions, industry collaboration and on-farm knowledge. Find out more.

Salmonella Infantis found on farm in Herefordshire

Salmonella Infantis found on farm in Herefordshire

17 August 2021

In August 2021, Livetec were called to a farm in Herefordshire which had fallen victim to an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis.

Salmonella T outbreak in North Yorkshire

Salmonella T outbreak in North Yorkshire

14 August 2021

Salmonella T was detected on a farm in North Yorkshire in August after sweeping through a large number of broiler chickens.

Livetec nominated for the BFA Contractor Innovator of the Year

Livetec nominated for the BFA Contractor Innovator of the Year

13 August 2021

We are proud to announce that Livetec Systems have been nominated for the Contractor Innovator of the Year at the 2021 British Farming Awards.

Livetec August visit to Norfolk for outbreak

Livetec August visit to Norfolk for outbreak

9 August 2021

In August 2021, Livetec was called to a farm in Norfolk where it was found that an infection had spread its way through over 45,000 turkeys.

Lincolnshire outbreak reported to Livetec

Lincolnshire outbreak reported to Livetec

6 August 2021

In early August, the Livetec team travelled to a farm in Lincolnshire after a non-notifiable disease was found to be spreading through its resident broiler chickens.

Non-notifiable disease outbreak in Angus

Non-notifiable disease outbreak in Angus

5 August 2021

The Livetec Operations team were called to this farm in Angus in August 2021 to assist with infected broiler chickens, after an outbreak was detected.

Closing abattoirs: The risk to UK farming

Closing abattoirs: The risk to UK farming

4 August 2021

Small abattoir closures could have a huge impact on the UK farming sector as more than half plan to shut their doors by 2026. Read about the risks to UK farming in this blog.

Outbreak of salmonella in Norfolk reported

Outbreak of salmonella in Norfolk reported

3 July 2021

Livetec team called to a farm in Norfolk to deal with a salmonella outbreak affecting a number of turkeys resident on-site.

Bird flu found on farm in Staffordshire

Bird flu found on farm in Staffordshire

27 March 2021

The final case of the season was detected on a free-range broiler unit in Staffordshire at the end of March 2021, affecting over 4,000 chickens resident on-site.

Avian influenza outbreak on farm in Cheshire

Avian influenza outbreak on farm in Cheshire

26 March 2021

In late March 2021, the Livetec team were mobilised to a breeding unit in Cheshire, where bird flu was spreading through the resident turkey population.

Livetec respond to AI outbreak in Fife, Scotland

Livetec respond to AI outbreak in Fife, Scotland

12 February 2021

The Livetec team travelled to Fife in February to deal with an outbreak of HPAI H5N1 amongst 14,000 game birds, which included pheasants, guinea fowl and partridge.

Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak in North Yorkshire

Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak in North Yorkshire

6 February 2021

In February 2021, Livetec were called to a unit in North Yorkshire where it was confirmed that HPAI H5N8 was spreading through 1,500 free range chickens resident on-site.

Avian flu outbreak on farm in the Isle of Anglesey

Avian flu outbreak on farm in the Isle of Anglesey

29 January 2021

At the start of 2021, the Livetec team travelled to a farm on the Isle of Anglesey where bird flu was found present in the resident game birds.

Fourth AI outbreak found on Norfolk farm

Fourth AI outbreak found on Norfolk farm

31 December 2020

Highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected on a fourth farm in Norfolk in December 2020, affecting a large number of the resident ducks.

Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak in Norfolk

Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak in Norfolk

31 December 2020

Livetec were called to a commercial turkey facility in Norfolk in December 2020 where it was confirmed that AI was present on site and quickly spreading through the flock.

Sixth farm suffers bird flu outbreak in Norfolk

Sixth farm suffers bird flu outbreak in Norfolk

31 December 2020

Livetec remained in Norfolk at the end of December due to a sixth confirmed outbreak of avian influenza, showing signs of a rapid spread across the county.

Bird flu found on fifth farm in Norfolk

Bird flu found on fifth farm in Norfolk

31 December 2020

A fifth farm in Norfolk reported the presence of avian influenza in very late December, which was home to a large number of ducks housed across 6 sheds

Third reported outbreak of bird flu in Norfolk

Third reported outbreak of bird flu in Norfolk

30 December 2020

Livetec were requested to assist with emergency measures on a third farm in Norfolk in December, as avian influenza was found to be spreading through its large duck population.

High-path AI outbreak on second Norfolk farm

High-path AI outbreak on second Norfolk farm

28 December 2020

In late December, the Livetec team travelled to a farm in Norfolk after bird flu was confirmed to be spreading through a range of mixed poultry on-site.

Third avian flu outbreak on North Yorkshire farm

Third avian flu outbreak on North Yorkshire farm

4 December 2020

A third farm in North Yorkshire fell victim to bird flu in early December. This premises was also part of the three farm complex, where the first case in the county occurred.

AI found on second farm in North Yorkshire

AI found on second farm in North Yorkshire

1 December 2020

At the start of December, the Livetec team were called to a second farm in North Yorkshire where it was confirmed that over 13,000 farm’s turkeys had been exposed to bird flu.

Livetec respond to AI outbreak in North Yorkshire

Livetec respond to AI outbreak in North Yorkshire

29 November 2020

A North Yorkshire farm, which operated as part of a three farm complex required help from the Livetec team in November 2020, due to an outbreak of avian influenza H5N8.

AI outbreak at Leicestershire tourist attraction

AI outbreak at Leicestershire tourist attraction

23 November 2020

In November 2020, the Livetec Operations team were called to a tourist attraction in Leicestershire, as it was found to be suffering from an outbreak of avian influenza.

Bird flu detected on Herefordshire farm

Bird flu detected on Herefordshire farm

10 November 2020

A third case of highly-pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 was found on a farm in Herefordshire, just one week after the previous cases, showing signs of a rapid outbreak.

Histomoniasis found on third farm in Lincolnshire

Histomoniasis found on third farm in Lincolnshire

9 November 2020

In mid November 2020, a third outbreak of histomoniasis was found in Lincolnshire. The Livetec team were on site to assist with the over 42,000 turkeys resident on-site.

Second commercial outbreak of bird flu in Cheshire

Second commercial outbreak of bird flu in Cheshire

3 November 2020

Second commercial outbreak of avian influenza in the UK found in a medium sized chicken broiler breeder rearing unit in Cheshire, affecting over 14,000 chickens.

Bird flu outbreak starts on farm in Kent

Bird flu outbreak starts on farm in Kent

3 November 2020

The first outbreak of AI for the 2020 to 2021 season found on premises in Kent, home to a mixed flock of nine different bird species including ducks, geese and chickens.

Consider this!

Consider this!

30 October 2020

As more items are delivered to the farm, what protocols do you have in place to ensure biosecurity and the safe delivery of items?

A second outbreak of histomoniasis in Lincolnshire

A second outbreak of histomoniasis in Lincolnshire

14 October 2020

On the same day, the Livetec team were called to a second farm in Lincolnshire as another outbreak of histomoniasis (blackhead disease) was sweeping through over 2,500 turkeys.

Histomoniasis outbreak at a farm in Lincolnshire

Histomoniasis outbreak at a farm in Lincolnshire

14 October 2020

In October 2020, the Livetec Operations team arrived on a farm in Lincolnshire where an outbreak of histomoniasis was quickly spreading through the turkeys resident on-site.

Winter is coming!

Winter is coming!

7 October 2020

For poultry keepers, winter is a biosecurity high-risk period, with migrating birds bringing diseases to farms. Extra biosecurity is essential.

Salmonella Typhimurium detected on Nottingham farm

Salmonella Typhimurium detected on Nottingham farm

14 May 2020

Over 34,000 broiler hens were affected in May 2020, after an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was found sweeping through this Nottinghamshire farm.

Coronavirus, Covid-19 response

Coronavirus, Covid-19 response

18 March 2020

As a biosecurity disease prevention and control experts, contingency planning is a daily activity for us. We have put own robust plan for day-to-day operations.

Avian influenza H10 found in Stirlingshire

Avian influenza H10 found in Stirlingshire

17 March 2020

Livetec were called to a farm in Stirling, Scotland in March 2020, after a reported outbreak of avian influenza H10 affecting over 40,000 broiler breeder hens.

Bird flu H6N1 found on farm in Shropshire

Bird flu H6N1 found on farm in Shropshire

6 March 2020

Livetec's Operations team were quickly on site to this Shropshire farm after an outbreak of avian influenza H6N1 started spreading through the resident broiler breeder hens.

Livetec respond to AI outbreak in Co. Fermanagh

Livetec respond to AI outbreak in Co. Fermanagh

9 February 2020

A third farm in County Fermanagh fell victim to low-pathogenic avian influenza H6N1, just days after the previous cases showing signs of a rapid outbreak.

Reported outbreak of bird flu in Co. Fermanagh

Reported outbreak of bird flu in Co. Fermanagh

6 February 2020

Low pathogenic avian influenza was detected on a farm in County Fermanagh in January 2020 after sweeping through a large number of brown breeder hens.

Avian influenza H6N1 found in Co. Fermanagh

Avian influenza H6N1 found in Co. Fermanagh

20 January 2020

Livetec team called to a farm in Northern Ireland to deal with an avian influenza outbreak affecting brown layer hens in three sheds.

Salmonella found in Killycloghan

Salmonella found in Killycloghan

11 January 2020

In January 2020 the Livetec team arrived at a farm in County Cavan in Northern Ireland in response to a bird flu outbreak which was affecting over 6,500 broiler breeder hens.

Low pathogenic avian flu confirmed on poultry farm

Low pathogenic avian flu confirmed on poultry farm

10 December 2019

Bird flu detected at commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk. The low-path H5 strain detected on site has forced a restricted 1km zone to be put in place.

Livetec NEX considered Red Tractor compliant

Livetec NEX considered Red Tractor compliant

13 September 2019

The Livetec NEX, a hand-held device designed to dispatch poultry, has officially met Red Tractor standards, recognised as humane and compliant.

Livetec NEX available at the Poultry Meat Conference

Livetec NEX available at the Poultry Meat Conference

10 September 2019

Red Tractor Assurance and WATOK compliant, the Livetec Nex will be available to purchase at the upcoming Poultry Meat Conference. Humane, consistent and compliant.

Clinks Care Farm

Clinks Care Farm

23 August 2018

Find out how Livetec has helped community farms, like Clinks Care to understand the importance of biosecurity to reduce the risks of a disease outbreak.

Automated Containerised Gassing Units

Automated Containerised Gassing Units

11 May 2018

We have been working hard to turn our Containerised Gassing Units fully automated, meaning all of Livetec’s systems can be operated at the touch of a button.