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Monday 9th January 2017.
Lucy Towers - ThePigSite Editor

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Cuts to 'Red Tape' Promised for UK Farmers

Speaking last week at the UK's Oxford Farming Conference to leaders from the food and farming industry, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has outlined her hopes for a reduced regulatory burden on farmers when the UK leaves the European Union, saying this should help them to get on with growing food.

Dealing with red tape and farm inspections is estimated to cost the industry £5 million per year and the loss of 300,000 hours. The Government will be consulting industry later this year on areas they would like to see reformed, and how a more common sense approach could be applied.

In a keynote speech Andrea Leadsom said: "For too long, a bureaucratic system which tries to meet the needs of 28 countries has held farmers back.

"By cutting the red tape that comes out of Brussels, we will free our farmers to grow more, sell more and export more great British food whilst upholding our high standards for plant and animal health and welfare. My priority will be common sense rules that work for the United Kingdom."

However, Keith Taylor, MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, said the regulations that Ms Leadsom labelled as 'red tape' form important safeguards for the environment and animal welfare. 

Mr Taylor, who is also the Green Party’s Animals spokesperson, said: "Andrea Leadsom has again attempted to vilify EU safeguards by labelling them as ‘red tape’ and, most concerningly, promising to scrap the vital protections. The ‘red tape’ the Environment Minister is threatening to cut is currently protecting our rural environment, our biodiversity, our soil, and the welfare of farm animals."

In other news, research done by Canada's University of Saskatchewan and the Prairie Swine Centre has found that less than 50 per cent of piglets actually consume creep feed when it is presented in its traditional form.

The researchers wanted to see if enrichments or a different creep feed tray could be used to increase the number of piglets consuming creep feed by taking advantage of piglets tenancy to explore.

The study showed that tray feeders were used the most. Frequency at the feeders increased with age of the piglets. Litters provided with tray feeders and no enrichment had the most piglets eating creep and the feeder type or enrichment did not affect average daily gain.

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

General Ventilation Principles to Maximise Pig Productivity
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Controlling Gastric Ulcers in Pigs
Gastric ulcers in finishing pigs can be a major issue, affecting performance factors such as weight gain and feed conversion. Several investigations on ulcers were presented during the 24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Dublin, Ireland, 2016.

Company News

New Field Guide for Slat Repair and Replacement Now Available
GLOBAL - Hog Slat Inc. has teamed up with Vanberg Specialized Coatings and Altenburg Construction to produce a working guide for swine producers covering the repair and replacement of concrete slats.
Nutriad Highlights Additive Solutions at IPPE
US - Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, headquartered in Europe, initially started its USA operations in the US as Feed Flavors, back in 1963.
Ralco and Genesus Partner on Swine Research
GLOBAL - Ralco has joined forces with Genesus swine genetics company to advance swine nutrition and genetic characteristics for swine producers around the world. The two global companies will work together to improve return on gain and meat quality through nutrition at Ralco’s swine research facilities in southwest Minnesota.
EU and Spanish Pork Markets
EU - 2015 ended in Spain with 7 per cent more sacrifices than in 2014, exporting 45 per cent of the production (Germany and Spain have increased their exports, while other countries of EU have lowered theirs), with an average price of € 1.14 / kg live weight, but with the lowest price at year end of € 0.947 / kg live weight, writes Mercedes Vega General Director for Spain, Italy & Portugal.
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Curtain Machine Load Blocks
Nearly all of Hog Slat’s competitors try to dismiss the GrowerSELECT® product line as “just a cheap copy.” However, every time I work with Hog Slat’s engineering department I realize how misguided this perception is. Nothing is ever “just copied,” writes Hog Slat's Scott Bauck.
CIRCOVAC Found to Protect Piglets Against PCV2d
GLOBAL - The new PCV2d variant of the Porcine Circovirus is an emerging virus that has been associated with vaccine failure.

Global Pig Industry News


Canadian Exchange Rate Expected to be Main Driver of Agricultural Profitability in 2017
Research Shows Less Than 50 Per Cent of Piglets Consume Creep Feed
Several Compounds Show Potential as Replacements for Antibiotics

   United Kingdom

UK Pig Semen Heads to India for Pork Quality Improvement
Focus Farm Project Yields Positive Results
UK Pig Prices Up Slightly
Cuts to 'Red Tape' Promised for UK Farmers
UK Farmers, Food Industry Urged to 'Step Up' to Address Global Competitiveness
MPs Warn of Concerns for Farming in Brexit Negotiations


Early Uplift in Pig Prices Expected

   United States

Applications Now Open for 2017-18 Pork Industry Scholarships
US Hog Futures Take a Step back
Charoen Pokphand Foods Completes Acquisition of Bellisio


The Ins and Outs of the New Veterinary Feed Directive


Santa Catarina Pork Producer First to Receive the Brazilian Pork Label

   European Union

EU Pig Prices: Quotations Under Pressure
Millions of Tons of Food Could be Saved with Better Logistics


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