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CAAV News - 2009

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Avian flu restrictions lifted in East Anglia

06 March 2009

DEFRA has confirmed that following further laboratory tests, the HN61 avian flu virus found on poultry premises in East Anglia is of low pathogenicity. As a result the restrictions imposed have been lifted. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

Soil Association announces no change to organic feed

10 March 2009

Following a consultation process, the Soil Association has decided against allowing a 'holiday' from the organic standards required for animal feed given to organic stock as a result of the current economic climate. The proposal earlier this year was that organic stock could be fed non-organic feed to assist farmers affected by the falling demand for organic products. As a result of this decision, all Soil Association food will have to continue to be produced to full organic standards. Further information is available on the Soil Association website.

Farmer fined for damaging Site of Special Scientific Interest through overgrazing

10 March 2009

A farmer in Cumbria was taken to court by Natural England for causing 'severe damage' to a SSSI in Cumbria - Cropple How Mire - through overgrazing. The farmer has been fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £4,663 costs. Further information is available on the Natural England website.

RPA reaches second SPS 2008 payments target

16 March 2009

Figures released today by the RPA show that they have met their second target of making 90 per cent of SPS 2008 full payments by value by 31st March 2009. The latest figures show that £1.47 billion has been paid which equates to 90.4% of the total estimated fund (£1.63 billion). Further information is available on the RPA website.

Farmer find for pesticide pollution incident

18 March 2009

A Suffolk farmer was fined £2,500 with £4,609 costs when he admitted causing pollution of a watercourse with pesticide. The pesticide had travelled through drains from the sprayer filling site to the stream, where it killed crayfish and invertebrates. The Environment Agency stated that the case showed the importance of siting pesticide handling areas well away from drainage systems. A more detailed report is available on the Environment Agency website.

Dog walker fined for disturbing birds on SSSI

18 March 2009

Natural England have brought a case against a dog walker who allowed 3 dogs to roam off their leads in a Nature Reserve which was also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The dog walker was prosecuted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and fined £250 with £250 costs. The full press release can be found on the Natural England website.

Bovine TB compensation case appeal judgment reserved

18 March 2009

It is understood from reports by the Farmers Guardian that the bovine TB compensation case (Partridge Farms) appeal which was heard in the Court of Appeal on 16th and 17th March has concluded and judgment has been reserved. Further information is available on the Farmers Guardian website.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board: 2009/10 Levy Rates

18 March 2009

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board has announced the statutory levy rates for 2009/10. Most are unchanged from last year with the exception of the levy on pig producers. The full press release can be seen on the DEFRA website.

English Heritage survey of Conservation Areas

19 March 2009

English Heritage is launching the first national survey of England's 9,300 Conservation Areas in order to assess their condition. The survey will take the form of a questionnaire to local authorities and the results are expected to be announced in June. For further information, go to the English Heritage website.

DEFRA announces injectable bovine TB vaccine for badgers available from 2010

19 March 2009

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced today that an injectable bovine TB vaccine for badgers will begin to be used from 2010. Initially vaccination will be carried out in up to six areas where there is a high incidence of bovine TB and will continue for a minimum of five years. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

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