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29 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Improved Trade Balance Set to Reduce UK Pork Supplies
UK - Domestic pig meat production growth is still expected to outstrip demand in the coming months. ...
27 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Pork Commentary: US Market in Swine Purgatory
US - The US Market is in what appear to be a swine purgatory. Week upon week of prices in the 65¢ lb lean range. Just above cost of production, 65¢ it's not hell but it's not heaven, it's purgatory,...
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom New Study Examines Threat of Novel Swine Flu Viruses in Pigs and Humans
UK - The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be published...
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom New On-farm Assessments to Improve Farmed Pig Welfare
UK - The RSPCA is hoping to further improve the lives of millions of pigs in the UK by including welfare outcome assessments as part of its welfare standards....
22 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Electronic Medicine Book to Record Antibiotic Usage Data
UK - An electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is now available for all UK pig producers, in light of the need to collect accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data....
19 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom NFU Favours Remain Vote in Brexit Debate
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said that the interests of farmers would be best served by remaining in the EU after the referendum in June, based on current evidence....
18 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Investors Urge Food Chains to Tackle Use of Antibiotics in Farming
UK & US - A large group of investors this week urged big restaurant chains to fight the use of medically-important (to humans) antibiotics amongst their meat suppliers....
15 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom FAI Focussing on Animal Welfare Outcome Measures
UK - Carly Scott is a researcher at FAI farms in Oxford. Here she explains the principles behind welfare outcome measures and the work her and the Science Team are doing in this field....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Will UK Pig Prices Stay Low?
UK - Stephen Howarth, specialist manager in AHDB Market Intelligence, has tried to model the relationship between pig prices and various other factors in order to determine whether we can expect another...
13 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom New Approach Helps Pig Farmers Improve Health, Reduce Antibiotics
UK - Pig producers could reduce antibiotic usage and improve animal health and productivity by adopting a new approach which was piloted by the poultry industry....
12 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom ASDA Pledge to Help British Pig Farmers
UK - A promise by ASDA that it will increase its fresh pork to 80 per cent British by next year has been welcomed by British pig farmers, who face losses of around £150m in 2016, as a result of low prices...
11 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Government Reverses Decision on New Welfare Codes
UK - The National Pig Association has given a guarded welcome to the Government's unexpected volte-face over animal welfare codes....
08 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom More Pork Sold in UK During February 2016
UK - In the 4 weeks to 28 February 2016, volume sales of fresh/frozen pork increased by 3% on the same period a year earlier, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel....
07 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom New Guidance on Pig Welfare Legislation
UK - New guidance to help pig producers comply with legislation is to be drawn up by the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC)....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Study Finds Exit From EU Poses Serious Risks to Farmers
UK - A Brexit is likely to have significant impacts on the agricultural sector in the UK, a study by Wageningen UR in the Netherlands, funded by the UK's National Farmers' Union (NFU), has shown....
01 April 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom English Pig Abattoir Number Stabilising
UK - The long-term trend of declining number of abattoirs in England slaughtering pigs may be stabilising....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Vets Concerned Over Move to Industry-Led Welfare Codes
UK - Vets have expressed concern after it was revealed that different farm sectors would gradually be taking over responsibility for guidance on farm animal welfare codes....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Getting UK Pig Producers Through Tough Times
UK - The pig industry is one that mirrors classic economic theory. When supplies are scarce, prices are high and this leads to increased production and surpluses, resulting in a fall in price followed...
31 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom New Innovations Headline at 2016 Pig and Poultry Fair
UK - Innovation and ideas are the driving force behind development of the livestock industry, and visitors to this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair are sure to get plenty of both....
30 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Producer Impact of Responsible Sourcing Key Theme at Pig & Poultry Fair
UK - The need for responsibly sourced raw materials and alternative proteins has stepped up a gear over the past couple of years, and is now likely to start shaping producer’s future purchasing decisions....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Welfare in the Spotlight at 2016 Official Vet Conference
UK - 'Animal Welfare - the Role of the OV' is the theme of the 2016 Official Veterinarian (OV) Conference set to take place between the 29th and 30th September 2016. The programme includes lecture streams...
29 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Scottish Pig Producers Back New Pig Health Charter
SCOTLAND - The Scottish Pig Industry is highlighting its on-going commitment to animal health and welfare by supporting the creation of a Scottish Pig Health Charter....
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Could There Be a Return of Pig Swill in the EU?
EU - Pig swill has been a dirty term since the foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001, but Japan and South Korea manage to use it safely and effectively, so could there be scope for a return in the...
24 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Devil is in the Detail for UK Pig Herd Gains
UK - Focus on producing more litters per sow and improving uniformity in finisher pigs when they go for sale, producers are advised. These were two key points discussed by producers at the latest meeting...
22 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Pig Market Showing Signs of Traditional Seasonal Changes
UK - The signs of a seasonal change in the pig market have become apparent in recent weeks, according to the latest analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)....
21 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom UK Pig Herd Declined in December
UK - DEFRA figures from the 1 December 2015 pig survey show a moderate decline in the total UK pig herd, AHDB Pork has reported....
17 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Farms Alerted to End of Routine Long Term Rodenticide Baiting
UK - Soon, the supply of rodenticide products in the UK will require farmers and pest controllers to show certificates of competence in their use under the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime....
16 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Producer Share of Pork Retail Price Continues to Fall
UK - The share of the retail pork price received by producers fell again in February, despite already being at its lowest level in over a decade....
15 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom Small Gain Made in UK Sow Productivity in 2015
UK - The productivity of the UK pig breeding herd improved again in 2015, according to latest figures from Agrosoft, but the gain was smaller than in most recent years....
14 March 2016
Pig Industry News from United Kingdom AHDB Pork Tackling the Tail-Biting Challenge
UK - The challenge of tail-biting is one with which the industry has been grappling for years with no solution found. Now, AHDB Pork, the RSPCA (RSPCA Assured) and the University of Helsinki have joined...
 
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