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UK animal welfare organisation targets poultry sector

Indoor broilers and caged laying hens are being highlighted by UK animal welfare organisation, RSPCA, as part of its Farm Animal Week ��� a campaign designed to draw attention to intensive farming, while raising funds for the society���s coffers. "Few people realise that, although having their own indiv...

UK: Plant breeder calls for pig industry input

Breeding cereals specifically for pig production will be the focus of a meeting to be held in November. The aim is to generate new ideas and get a better understanding of how plant breeders and producers can work together to feed pigs in the future. Chris Tapsell, research director, KWS UK Ltd beli...

UK: Better pig performance driven by indoor herds

Great Britain���s breeding pig herd performance improved in the year to June, with the number of pigs weaned a sow averaging 23.6/year, according to data from Agrosoft. That was a rise of 0.5 head on the previous year, albeit not on a directly comparable basis."The increase was driven by indoor produc...

UK: Supply chain must improve pork eating quality

Improving the eating quality of pork and how to realise genetic potential were two key areas of discussion at the final JSR Farming Conference, York, last week. The whole of the supply chain needs to work together to improve the overall eating quality of pork, according to a meat science expert. Pr...

UK: Better pig performance driven by indoor herds

Great Britain���s breeding pig herd performance improved in the year to June, with the number of pigs weaned a sow averaging 23.6/year, according to data from Agrosoft. That was a rise of 0.5 head on the previous year, albeit not on a directly comparable basis."The increase was driven by indoor produc...

UK: BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) to stay

It has been confirmed that the BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) will be operating in abattoirs until summer 2015. However, the review of the carcass data reporting system is ongoing and work is progressing on a transition to an alternative system.Emma Bailey-Beech, BPEX Health information and Food Safe...

UK joint genome project awarded grant

A joint project by Cobb Europe and the Roslin Institute in Scotland has been awarded a grant of almost ��650,000 (US$ 1.07 million) from the UK���s innovation agency, Innovate UK, for genome biobanking to optimise valuable broiler genetic stocks. The award under its Agri-Tech Catalyst programme will fu...

UK: Surge in demand for piggery checks

Huge interest in the regular servicing of piggery heating and ventilation controls has been reported by Tim Miller, ARM Building���s environment specialist. Since the company introduced an annual environmental 'MOT' for pig housing earlier this year. Miller states he has been called in to check pigger...

UK: Highlighting devastation of PEDv

US pig producer Harold Lee will be highlighting the devastation caused by PEDv at a series of biosecurity seminars being run by BPEX. And a taster of just what effect it had on his Meadow Hill Farm, Iowa, can be had by clicking this link to part of his filmed presentation, click here.Maintaining goo...

Increase in number of UK eggs packed

6.8 million cases of eggs were packed in UK egg packing stations during the second quarter of 2014, which is a 2% increase on last quarter, according to a quarterly update published by Defra. The increase continues the upward trend seen over the past year, pushing production back up towards the high...

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