From industry insights to biosecurity advice, disease outbreak and welfare information, latest Livetec news and upcoming events, our blog covers everything.
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.
The farming industry continues too face a multitude of challenges, one in particular being disease. Biosecurity is the future of livestock protection.
Newcastle disease is a highly contagious viral disease that affects poultry and can lead to significant losses in poultry populations.
There are many levels to biosecurity. Operational and structural biosecurity both encompass different measures that protect farm businesses.
Biosecurity is your strongest line of defence against the threat of disease. You need biosecurity measures in place to safeguard your animals and business.
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 UK has some of the highest standards of farm animal welfare seen anywhere, with several leading animal welfare organisations constantly improving welfare standards.
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.
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.
Founded in 2000, Red Tractor Assurance Scheme is a UK-based food and farming scheme. Livetec can help make your farming business compliant.
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?
With the increasing risks of disease outbreaks to farms across the UK, it is critical that farm businesses don’t take biosecurity for granted.
Creating a comprehensive biosecurity checklist requires a detailed understanding of how your farm business operates.
There are three distinct types of biosecurity needed to provide the highest level of defence, conceptual, structural and procedural.
Livetec enjoyed the National Egg and Poultry Awards last night in London, as we were nominated for Trade Supplier of the Year!
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.
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).
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.
A farm plan is a document which defines a strategy for managing both financial and physical aspects of your farming business.
What has to be considered when looking at starting a farm business in today's commercial farming environment.
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.
Reviewing your biosecurity plan can be a daunting task but there are some steps you can take which will help you navigate the process.
What can backyard poultry owners and small producers do to mitigate the risks of diseases, like bird flu infecting their flock?
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 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.
Our Livetec team will be at the Bedfordshire Young Farmers Rally this Saturday 21st May talking about biosecurity, career opportunities and providing advice!
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!
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.
We are excited to showcase our new, innovative biosecurity solution for farm enterprises at the Pig & Poultry Fair 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.
Investigating the impact to British farmers of bird flu and exploring how it spreads, the symptoms, and the practical solutions available to farm businesses.
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.
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.
Biosecurity is essential for livestock protection, but what actually is it and how can farmers implement the measures in their farming businesses?
Whilst biosecurity continues to become an increasingly important topic throughout the Agricultural industry, this study investigates how farm workers feel about it.
Livetec are biosecurity experts with experience in both notifiable and non-notifiable disease outbreaks. Protect yourself from outbreaks in 8 steps.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Contractor Innovator Of The Year Award at BFA in recognition of our work with DEFRA and efforts to improve biosecurity and sustainability on farms.
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.
Livetec responded to this case in Scotland, after an infection had started sweeping through a large quantity of broiler chickens.
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.
In 2020 and 2021, we worked closely with DEFRA once again, providing emergency depopulation services during avian influenza outbreaks across the country.
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.
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.
Livetec quickly mobilised to a farm in Herefordshire where a confirmed case of Salmonella Infantis had infected a large quantity of broiler chickens.
Disease doesn't just appear on farms during epidemics. Robust biosecurity practices are the most effective and efficient way to minimise risk. Read More.
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 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.
We’re building the future of biosecurity with science-led solutions, industry collaboration and on-farm knowledge. Find out more.
In August 2021, Livetec were called to a farm in Herefordshire which had fallen victim to an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis.
Salmonella T was detected on a farm in North Yorkshire in August after sweeping through a large number of broiler chickens.
We are proud to announce that Livetec Systems have been nominated for the Contractor Innovator of the Year at the 2021 British Farming Awards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Livetec team called to a farm in Norfolk to deal with a salmonella outbreak affecting a number of turkeys resident on-site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected on a fourth farm in Norfolk in December 2020, affecting a large number of the resident ducks.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 avian influenza in the UK found in a medium sized chicken broiler breeder rearing unit in Cheshire, affecting over 14,000 chickens.
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.
As more items are delivered to the farm, what protocols do you have in place to ensure biosecurity and the safe delivery of items?
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.
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.
For poultry keepers, winter is a biosecurity high-risk period, with migrating birds bringing diseases to farms. Extra biosecurity is essential.
Over 34,000 broiler hens were affected in May 2020, after an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was found sweeping through this Nottinghamshire farm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Livetec team called to a farm in Northern Ireland to deal with an avian influenza outbreak affecting brown layer hens in three sheds.
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.
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.
The Livetec NEX, a hand-held device designed to dispatch poultry, has officially met Red Tractor standards, recognised as humane and compliant.
Red Tractor Assurance and WATOK compliant, the Livetec Nex will be available to purchase at the upcoming Poultry Meat Conference. Humane, consistent and compliant.
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.
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.
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