Agricultural Policy

APHA to use whole genome sequencing for TB

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) has begun to routinely use TB whole genome sequencing (WGS) for the genetic typing of M. bovis. This technique has replaced the use of genotyping and can better differentiate between the strain of TB bacterium and identify where they have come from.

The technique known as genotyping was able to characterise M. bovis into different strains which tend to be geographically localised. The technique of WGS can go a step further in determining the entire DNA sequences of M. Bovis and therefore provide a greater degree of certainty about the origin of TB infection in a herd.

Most importantly, it will allow for the APHA to investigate TB breakdowns and possible transmission pathways between cattle herds, and help vets further understand how TB spreads locally and nationally.

For further information about WGS, visit the TB Hub:

Update from the Ruminant Health and Welfare Group

The cattle and sheep health and welfare groups have merged to form the new Ruminant Health and Welfare Group (RHWG) to provide one voice for the health and welfare of ruminants in the UK and to include goats and deer in the future.

The group first met in September 2020 with Ms Kate Hovers, veterinary surgeon based in Mid Wales, representing the FUW.

Whilst the group includes numerous industry Stakeholders, it will maintain as an independent body focussing on maintaining and improving ruminant health and welfare with a focus on tackling endemic diseases.

Alongside the bi-monthly meetings of the group, Wales hosted the first ‘four nations’ meeting which focussed on the work done in Wales in active health planning.

The group has recently discussed the proposals for rearing dairy bull calves and a new device called Numnuts. Numnuts is a device licenced for use in Australia for the castration and tailing of lambs and calves which involves a controlled injection of local anaesthetic before applying the rubber ring.

Currently, the use of this device is prohibited in the UK as there are no licenses available for the use of local anaesthetic in sheep, however, the RHW group has recently written to the
Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) to request for such a licence to be made available.

Please find more information on the RHWG website and raise any particular diseases or animal health and welfare concerns with your local FUW Animal Health and Welfare Committee delegate.

HCC Hill Ram Scheme in search for commercial flocks

Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales Hill Ram Scheme is searching for commercial hill flocks in Wales to join the genetic improvement scheme that aims to compare the performance of two rams on a selected group of monitored hill ewes.

The scheme enables farmers to compare two rams by monitoring the performance of their lambs and ewes which can allow them to select for the best genetics for their flock in the future.

The farmers and their flocks will receive support through the Hill Ram Scheme team at relevant times and will receive training to assist with the work and activity required for the recording.

More information on the Hill Ram Scheme and the expression of interest form can be found here:

The current expression of interest window closes on 21st May 2021.

Provide your views on the needs of the veterinary profession in Wales

Aberystwyth University will be accepting its first undergraduate students to the new Veterinary School in September 2021.

With support from the Royal Veterinary College, Aberystwyth University has invested huge resources in its contribution to the veterinary and agri-food sectors in Wales.

Aberystwyth University would like to know your views on how the new School can meet the needs of the veterinary profession in Wales, such as:

  • What post-graduate training should they offer?
  • How about CPD, clinical training or conferences?
  • Should they also train veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and/or managers?

To learn more about the Veterinary School, please visit or email Darrel Abernethy, Head & Chair of Aberystwyth Veterinary School on Mae'r cyfeiriad e-bost hwn wedi'i warchod rhag robotiaid sbam. Rhaid i chi alluogi JavaScript i'w weld.

AHDB Spring Planting and Variety Survey 2021

The AHDB Spring Planting and Variety Survey provides the earliest view of the area of cereals and oilseed rape intended for harvest in 2021 in Great Britain. The survey aims to assess the varietal composition of the wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape crops in Great Britain which can assist in the marketing decsisions made by the growers.

To provide the area harvested in 2020 and interested harvest area for 2021, together with the variety for each crop listed, please visit the AHDB online portal.

The results of the survey will be made available online at in July, and more detailed analysis will be available on the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds market pages.

COVID-19 - Gwybodaeth Bwysig i’n haelodau a chwsmeriaid

Yn dilyn gwasgariad y Coronafeirws (COVID-19), rydym wedi penderfynu amddiffyn aelodau, cwsmeriaid a chyd-aelodau staff trwy gau pob swyddfa FUW. 

Bydd pob aelod o staff yn gweithio oddi ar ein safleoedd am y dyfodol rhagweladwy, golygir y bydd ein timau yn parhau i gynnig yr holl wasanaethau dros ffon/e-bost/skype neu ffyrdd eraill o gyfathrebu o bell. 

Dylai aelodau a chwsmeriaid barhau i gysylltu gyda ni yn yr un modd ag arfer, gellir cysylltu â’r staff trwy ddefnyddio’r rhifau ffôn arferol.  

Byddwn yn sicrhau bod safon ein gwasanaethau yn parhau. Caiff apwyntiadau SAF/IACS barhau fel yr arfer ond fe cant eu gwneud dros y ffôn. 

Gweler manylion cyswllt eich swyddfa leol yma:


Linciau pwysig ynglŷn â'r Coronafeirws:


Mae Hwb TB wedi paratoi rhestr o gwestiynnau a ofynnir yn aml parthed sut caiff prosesau TB eu heffeihtio gan y feirws:

Tractor Coch (Red Tractor) dwieddariad yma:

Cymdeithas Arwerthwyr Da-byw - 25/03/2020:

Busnes Cymru (sy’n cynnwys gwybdooaeth am gefnogaeth i fusnesau oherwydd y Coronafeirws):

Cynllun benthyg Coronafeirws oherwydd ymyriad i fusnes ar gael trwy fenthycwyr sy'n cymryd rhan:  
Canllawiau Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Contractwyr Amaethyddol (NAAC) ar Coronafeirws:
Gwasanaethau Cofnodi Llaeth Cenedlaethol 24/03/2020: