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Efficiency improvements worth £220 million

Efficiency improvements worth £220 million
23-04-2014 14:45 PM | News, Pigs
Efficiency improvements worth £220 million
There is still plenty of scope for pig farmers to improve their efficiency — that’s the message that national genetics company, ACMC, will be deliveri...
23-04-2014 13:31 PM | News, Pigs
‘Spy in the sty’ research yields big benefits
A product heralding a major breakthrough in pig management will be launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair. The In-pen Voluntary Access Scale — a...
15-04-2014 01:48 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Wet winter causing explosion of worm cases in pig units
The wet and mild winter has been ideal for causing an explosion in the worm population on pig units, making it vital to deworm all pigs on units this ...
11-04-2014 02:15 AM | Finance, News, Pigs, Poultry, Sheep
£90m for centres of innovation: do pigs & poultry want their share?
The Government has made £90 million available for UK centres for innovation as part of its strategy to make UK farming more competitive, productive, r...
08-04-2014 06:39 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs
EFSA updates scientific advice on African swine fever
The risk that African swine fever is endemic in Georgia, Armenia and Russian Federation has increased from moderate to high since 2010, when EFSA carr...
04-04-2014 09:53 AM | Market Reports, News, Pigs
Thompson's Tip: Hospital pen management
The purpose of a hospital pen on the pig farm, as its name implies, is to provide a comfortable environment in which to treat ill pigs and give them a...
03-04-2014 06:04 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Producers urged to vaccinate against Swine Influenza
Following an announcement by the AHVLA at the end of 2013 regarding an increase in Swine Influenza diagnoses in the UK, Merial Animal Health is urging...
28-03-2014 10:47 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Anupco turns its focus on UK pig market
A new range of medicines and complementary feeds are available to the UK pig industry from an East Anglian-based company, Anupco, which has just turne...
27-03-2014 11:50 AM | News, Pigs
New trolley for weaners
With sows producing more pigs per litter and farms getting larger, moving and handling weaners can become time-consuming and stressful. In response to...
26-03-2014 15:33 PM | News, Pigs, Slurry and Irrigation
Landia’s New Cost-Saving Dry-Pit Slurry Pump installation
For the Pig Industry, Landia’s MPTK Liquid Slurry Pump is very easy to install in a dry pit, available as a complete pump and polyethylene (PE)-pit pa...
26-03-2014 03:43 AM | News, Pigs
Consultation: new rules for pig meat inspection
The Food Standards Agency has started a six-week consultation on new rules for pig meat inspections which come into force in June 2014. The new rul...
26-03-2014 03:13 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Porcine virus to cause shortfall in American hog market
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has impacted about 60% of the US breeding herd, 28% of the Mexican herd and is beginning to develop in Canada, ...
19-03-2014 02:40 AM | Education, News, Pigs
Scholarships draw students into pig industry
Four students have won scholarships that should help them forge careers in the UK pig industry. The new BPEX Scholarships at Harper Adams Universit...
18-03-2014 02:56 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Europe asses control measures to prevent African swine flu spread
Artificial feeding of wild boar is increasing rather than reducing the spread of African swine fever (ASF) virus and fencing could be used as a contro...
13-03-2014 15:12 PM | News, Pigs, Slurry and Irrigation
Landia pumps and mixers go the distance at The Grosvenor Estate
Pumps and mixers from Landia UK, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, are helping Grosvenor Farms to efficiently and effectively process...
12-03-2014 07:54 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Pig industry moves to red alert over transatlantic killer
The British pig industry is on red alert, in a bid to prevent a virulent pig disease from entering the country. Until more is known about transmis...
11-03-2014 03:58 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Property News, Sheep
What are the consequences for livestock farmers after the floods?
With much of the UK having seen record levels of rainfall and extensive flooding of pastures and crops, James Ingles, Head of Agriculture at Barenbrug...
Harper Adams conference links farming, science and nutritional food value
Harper Adams University is set to host the 2014 Frank Arden Memorial Conference on 24 April, supported by the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust. ...
07-03-2014 15:16 PM | News, Pigs
New environmental health check for piggeries
A new ‘MOT’ service for buildings to help pig farmers run their controlled-environment houses more efficiently is being introduced by Staffordshire-ba...
06-03-2014 05:33 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep
Eight strategies for efficient and sustainable livestock farming
Eight strategies to make cows, sheep and other cud-chewing, or ruminant, livestock a more sustainable part of the food supply are outlined by Rothamst...
05-03-2014 01:12 AM | News, Pigs
Thompson's tip: Spring check on bin hygiene
With spring just around the corner, it is a good time for pig producers to check up on feed bin hygiene, advises ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thom...
04-03-2014 06:48 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep, Shows and Events
Where next for large-scale livestock production?
The potential effects of large-scale livestock systems on animal health and welfare are set to come under the spotlight during a special workshop look...
Plumpton College Open Day
Plumpton College has an Open Day on Saturday 10th May 2014. There will be courses and careers advice, apprenticeships information, business trainin...
20-02-2014 02:30 AM | News, Pigs
Foot-and-mouth anniversary highlights the risks of feeding swill to pigs
On the 13th anniversary of Britain’s most serious outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, the National Pig Association has reminded the Government of the ...
20-02-2014 02:01 AM | Sheep, Cereal, CLA, Crops, News, NFU, Pigs, Arable, Cattle
UK and Irish unions thrash out livestock concerns
UK and Irish farming unions met this week in Stirling to discuss issues facing the livestock industry. Representatives from NFU, NFU Cymru, Ulster ...
13-02-2014 03:46 AM | News, Pigs
Pig association survey hopes to encourage greater investment
National Pig Association is polling pig producers on lorry washes at Britain’s abattoirs, with a view to publishing a league table. The association sa...
11-02-2014 13:28 PM | News, Pigs
Winter Olympics pose heightened disease risk for British farms
Border Force officers will be paying special attention to passengers returning from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, in a bid to prevent African swine fe...
05-02-2014 01:00 AM | News, Pigs
Thompson's tip: Review vaccination procedures
It is well worth while periodically reviewing vaccination procedures with the pig farm staff actually giving the injections, including their technique...
02-02-2014 01:29 AM | News, Pigs, Shows and Events
Sandy Howie recognised for contribution to Scottish pig industry
The 2014 Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award has been presented to an inspirational figure in the Scottish pig industry, Sandy Howie. Howie stepped down ...
01-02-2014 05:40 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Pig farmers call on government to improve defences against swine fever
The National Pig Association is calling on Government to step up defences against African swine fever, which is harmless to humans but fatal to pigs. ...
31-01-2014 09:49 AM | Finance, News, Pigs
Pork industry positive as declining feed costs lift farmers’ margins
The global pork industry had a generally good 2013 with the Rabobank five-nation finished hog price index averaging 151, an increase of 10% on 2012 an...
30-01-2014 10:20 AM | News, Pigs, Poultry
Organic Diet Mixes for Pigs and Poultry
Defra has commissioned a project which will help to establish whether the current 5% ‘non-organic’ allowance will continue to be needed in organic pig...
30-01-2014 05:33 AM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
Europe 'failing consumers over animal welfare'
Efforts at enforcing recent animal welfare legislation means that Europe is 'ill-serving' its consumers, according to farming unions. At a European...
29-01-2014 03:10 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs, Veterinary News
UK pig producers urged to review defences against disease
BPEX has urged pig producers to review biosecurity to protect their herds against devastating diseases, including African Swine Fever (ASF) and Procin...
15-01-2014 03:32 AM | Arable, Cattle, Cereal, Crops, Dairy, News, Pigs, Sheep, Supermarkets
UK's protected food names 'boost EU economy'
More than 60 unique British foods have now achieved protected status to help safeguard the products and deliver boosts to the economy. Anglesey Sea...
19-12-2013 13:20 PM | News, Pigs
New version of easy-to-use recording system
A new version of PigCom, the popular electronic pig recording and herd management system, is available from ACMC. It offers several innovative and ...
16-12-2013 12:03 PM | Arable, Cattle, Cereal, Crops, News, NFU, Pigs, Produce, Sheep, Supermarkets
Regulation tops farmers' concerns for 2014
A new survey has revealed regulation, high input costs and the impact of CAP reform top the list of things farmers’ believe will have negative impacts...
12-12-2013 17:22 PM | News, Pigs, Animal Health
Benefits for all herds in moving to early hyopneumonia vaccination
Early vaccination of pig herds against enzootic pneumonia - as young as seven days of age - is recommended by veterinary surgeon John Hayden, who is s...
11-12-2013 10:54 AM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep, Supermarkets
Supermarkets step up to the mark after Horsegate
Two surveys researching the amount of British meat on supermarket shelves has shown retailers have increased their support for UK-farmed pork, lamb an...
05-12-2013 12:47 PM | Pigs, Sheep, Cattle, News
Livestock movement simplifications welcomed by NFU Cymru
NFU Cymru has welcomed Welsh Government’s proposals that will potentially deliver significant simplification to livestock movement rules from 2015. ...
22-11-2013 12:10 PM | News, Pigs
Cold weather semen storage
As the weather turns colder pig farmers should review their storage of semen, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson. It is important to meas...
22-11-2013 09:04 AM | News, Pigs
Thompson’s tip: Cold weather semen storage
As the weather turns colder pig farmers should review their storage of semen, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson. It is important to meas...
Mid Wales farmers tuck in to a banquet of bangers
Mid Wales farmers enjoyed a banquet of bangers in a special celebration of British Sausage Week laid on by Farmers' Union of Wales members Ithel and L...
New US meat labelling rules take effect Saturday
This Saturday, new regulations are scheduled to take effect that will require meat producers to list many details on their packaging, such as the coun...
25-10-2013 12:15 PM | Animal Health, Cattle, News, Pigs, Sheep
Fluke disease 'could be more widespread than anticipated'
Overwintered fluke disease is forecast to be significant in all regions of the UK, except eastern England and the Midlands, according to the November ...
23-10-2013 14:57 PM | News, Pigs
New Opportunity for Early Protection against Enzootic Pneumonia
New Opportunity for Early Protection against Enzootic Pneumonia A revised licence for the vaccine Suvaxyn™ MH-One will provide a new opportunity for ...
23-10-2013 04:31 AM | Market Reports, News, Pigs
China's festival season drives pork growth
The global pork industry has experienced a positive Q3, according to figures. In line with expectations, the Rabobank five-nation hog price index cont...
18-10-2013 10:00 AM | News, Pigs
Success for new Georgian pig unit
A privately-owned 650-sow Georgian farm, established with genetics from Britain in 2012, is on target to produce over 30 pigs per sow a year, around 2...
10-10-2013 04:45 AM | Animal Health, News, Pigs
Green light for reform of pig inspections
The Food Standards Agency has welcomed the European Parliament’s endorsement of proposals to change the regulations governing official controls in pig...
30-09-2013 12:09 PM | Cattle, News, Pigs, Renewable Energy, Sheep
Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock within reach
Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologi...
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