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New deer movement system: Livestock Information Service

The Livestock Information Service (LIS) is the new method for recording the domestic movement of deer in England. This has now replaced the old ARAMS system that was in effect. It is a requirement to register all domestic deer movements through the LIS, either by registering for an online account and recording it electronically, or submitting a paper form, similar to the previous ARAMS form. More information about the reporting of movements can be found on the LIS website or on the gov.uk website.

Reprint: Gardens of Earthly Delight, John Fletcher

John Fletcher has been one of the most influential figures in the modern UK’s deer industry and has been a key figure in the formation of the British Deer Veterinary Association (née Veterinary Deer Society). John’s 2011 book, Gardens of Earthly Delight, is a text that details huge amounts of history and information surrounding the place of deer in the history of mankind and in Britain. For those interested, this book has been re-issued for a second printing and can be purchased from Oxbow Books here.

Upcoming changes to ARAMS Movement System

The BVA and BDVA have been informed that there is soon to be a change to the current Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS) for the notification of movement movement of animals, including deer. Whilst the changes have not yet come into effect, there is likely to be a change this year with a migration to the new Livestock Information Service (LIS). The announcement was made in the Vet Record news in February this month. The BDVA will keep members informed of when movement systems are updated.

New TB Advisory Service (TBAS) available in England

A new contract has recently been signed for provision of services by the TB Advisory Service (‘TBAS’ for short). TBAS is delivering on-farm visits and telephone advice to farmers in England about how to protect their herds/flocks from bTB. The overall aim of the service is to work with farmers to reduce the incidence and severity of TB breakdowns in England, supporting delivery of the Government’s Strategy for achieving Officially TB Free status. This will be achieved by providing tailored one-to-one on-farm and telephone advice on biosecurity to improve resilience to bTB in infected herds/flocks and to protect uninfected herds/flocks …