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16 January 2017
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Pig Gene Advance Could Boost Sperm Stocks From Prized Animals
UK - Gene-editing techniques could help to improve stocks of farmed pigs by boosting supplies of sperm from prized sires. Scientists have created male pigs that could be used as surrogates capable of producing...
12 January 2017
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farmers, Smallholders Warned Not to Feed Kitchen Scraps to Animals
UK - The Animal and Plant Health Agency is warning farmers and smallholders not to feed catering or kitchen waste to livestock such as pigs and poultry, even if they are being kept as pets....
09 January 2017
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Pig Semen Heads to India for Pork Quality Improvement
UK - Pig semen from the UK has been used for the first time in India to improve its breeding stock and produce better quality pork....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Focus Farm Project Yields Positive Results
UK - Just six months in, the AHDB Pork Focus Farm has achieved a 61 per cent reduction in pre-weaning mortality....
06 January 2017
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Pig Prices Up Slightly
UK - The EU-spec SPP has seen an increase in the week ended 31 December, following the modest decline seen in the previous week....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Cuts to 'Red Tape' Promised for UK Farmers
UK - 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....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Farmers, Food Industry Urged to 'Step Up' to Address Global Competitiveness
UK - Farmers, growers and the food industry need to “step up” to address the challenge of agricultural competitiveness and productivity in a rapidly-changing world....
05 January 2017
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom MPs Warn of Concerns for Farming in Brexit Negotiations
UK - MPs are warning the Government that the farming sector and environmental protections must not be weakened during the process of leaving the EU or afterwards....
03 January 2017
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Targets Task Force Co-ordinates Antibiotic Reduction in Farming
UK - A new ‘Targets Task Force’ has met for the first time to discuss how meaningful objectives to reduce, refine and replace antibiotic use in all UK livestock sectors can be identified....
28 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Meryl Ward to Stand Down as AHDB Pork Chair
UK -Lincolnshire farmer Meryl Ward has announced she will be standing down as chair of AHDB Pork at the end of March, after two years in the role....
23 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Rodenticides Leaflet Explains Rule Change and Options
UK - Since 1 October 2016, a rule that buyers of stewardship-label rodenticides must show proof of competence certification means farmers, gamekeepers and pest controllers unable to do so cannot be supplied....
21 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Welsh Government Recommends CCTV Not Mandatory in Slaughterhouses
WALES, UK - Vets have expressed their disappointment at a report instructed by the Welsh Government that recommends CCTV should not be mandatory in slaughterhouses in Wales....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Defra Confirms UK Pig Herd Up 3 Per Cent in June
UK - On the 1 June, the UK pig herd stood at 4.87 million head, up 3 per cent on the year, according to the final results of Defra’s June Survey published last week....
20 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farmer Confidence Falls Amid Prospects of Labour Shortage
UK - Farmer confidence in the dairy and livestock sectors has risen over the last year, with overall farmer confidence for 2017 rising by 12 points, a new survey by the NFU has revealed....
16 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farmers Urged to Take Extra Care to Work Safely in Winter
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging farmers to take extra care this winter to stay safe and well on farm....
15 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Some Relief for UK Pig Meat Sales
UK - The amounts of bacon and sausages purchased from retailers in the 12 weeks to 6 November were higher than a year before but pork sales were still depressed. These were among the results of the latest...
12 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Ventilation Guide Now Available for Pig Farmers
UK - Previously only available electronically, the AHDB Pork Ventilating Pig Buildings guide is now available in hard copy format, and can be ordered from the AHDB Pork website....
09 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farmers Advised to Plan Strategy Now Before Downturn
UK - Farmers could enjoy a buoyant couple of years ahead of Brexit but the industry may face another downturn after 2020, experts have warned. It is therefore vital that they re-evaluate their business...
08 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Bright Ideas to Shape the Future of Farming Wanted
UK - Farmers: Do you have a bright idea which needs some help to develop? Or a project that’s already under way which could be rolled out across the industry? If so, the Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum...
05 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Nutriad Concludes 2016 UK & Ireland Mycotoxin Survey
UK - The Nutriad 2016 mycotoxin survey concludes that this year’s harvest of wheat in the UK and Ireland is of medium quality (>LOD but below EU recommendation levels) in terms of mycotoxin contamination...
02 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom NPA Looking for New Senior Policy Advisor
UK - The National Pig Association (NPA) is looking for a new senior adviser to join its award-winning team....
01 December 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom New UK Pork Strategy Aims to Close the Productivity Gap
UK - Closing the productivity gap between English and EU pig producers and a new focus on pork as a midweek meal solution are two underpinning themes of AHDB Pork’s three year strategy published for...
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Food Producers Call for Tariff-free Access to the Single Market
UK - The largest coalition of food producers in the UK’s history has come together for the first time to call for tariff-free access to the Single Market and continued access to a competent and reliable...
30 November 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Warnings of Food Price Increases Underline Importance of British Food Production
UK - The National Farmers Union has said warnings of a food price increase next year adds gravitas to the need for a strong, secure and viable domestic food production system....
29 November 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Scotland Launches Action Plan for New Generation Farmers
SCOTLAND - A 10 point action plan aimed at kick-starting a new generation of farmers by dramatically increasing the number of starter opportunities on public land has been published....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom ASPAC Performance and Portfolio Expansion Mark Another Successful Year for AB Vista
UK - Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista, has revealed a successive year of global market share growth driven largely by strong sales of the Quantum Blue and Econase XT enzyme product lines....
28 November 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Pig Production Costs Remain Above Competitors
UK - Average pig production costs in Great Britain fell by 6 per cent in 2015, to £1.33/kg, but even bigger falls in other EU countries meant that GB costs remained among the highest in Europe....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Better Data Better Management to Improve Competitiveness
ANALYSIS - Agriculture is at the start of a digital revolution and to advance it will need to embrace and understand the increasing amount of data that is being collected and is available, writes Chris...
25 November 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Pig Production Costs Rose in Q3 2016
UK - Pig production costs in Great Britain rose again in the third quarter of 2016, to an average of 135p/kg, according to latest estimates from AHDB Pork. ...
23 November 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Pork Production Production Declines Further
UK - According to the latest figures released from Defra, at 865,100 head, UK clean pig slaughterings were back 5 per cent during October compared to the same month last year....
 
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