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The closure of nearly half the Government's animal health and veterinary labs poses a risk to animal and human health, according to the Royal College of Pathologists. The AHVLA, which runs the labs, will close six labs next year and another two at a later date. It says the re-organisation will mean that new or re-emerging animal diseases can be spotted and dealt with earlier, by building a network of experts including independent vets, universities, and other agencies. But, as Charlotte Smith's been finding out, the plan is meeting strong opposition.

Subsidies for on-shore wind farms are to be reduced, in favour of off-shore projects. With so many farmers and landowners now diversifying into energy production, what will the impact be?

And we hear about the work of a charity which aims to bring disadvantaged children out into the countryside, by getting them interested in fishing.

Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Emma Campbell.

13 minutes

Last on

Thu 5 Dec 2013 05:45
BBC Radio 4 FM only
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