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UK: Certificates of Competence re-launched

The Certificate of Competence in pig husbandry skills has been overhauled to make it even more practical and relevant to everyday production. The changes affect both the assessment criteria and the learner manuals provided by BPEX, though those with the original manuals can keep using them. The...

Chair appointed for campylobacter reduction group in UK

Richard Macdonald CBE has been named as the new Chair of the joint industry and government body focused on the reduction of campylobacter in chicken. Campylobacter is a significant source of food poisoning in humans with 70,000 GP reported cases and 280,000 estimated total cases every year. The Join...

UK: Combining pig and poultry research for mutual benefit

Scotland’s Rural College has launched a new Monogastric Science Research Centre, a focus for the College’s work on pigs and poultry, in particular bringing together vital research on nutrition. The Centre will be headed up by Dr Jos Houdijk, one of SRUC's senior animal scientists, who has spent many...

UK: Pig centre of excellence grant bid submitted

The first vital step has been taken in setting up a pig and poultry centre of excellence in the UK. An expression of interest has been submitted as part of the plan to apply for some of the £70 million Government Agri-tech grants. The next step is an open meeting, being held in York to which all a...

UK pig industry tackles antibiotic use

The use of antibiotics in UK pig production came under the spotlight at a workshop attended by representatives from across the industry. The aim was to come up with an action plan aimed at reducing the amount of antimicrobials used, without jeopardising national herd health. All agreed the key was ...

UK pork trade with Philippines could boom

Business could be booming between Britain and the Philippines following a mission organised by BPEX and UK Trade and Industry. Half a dozen people paid a visit to Manila and the party included traders and abattoir representatives. Export marketing manager Jonathan Eckley said: "There is already som...

UK: Recent weather ripe for phoma in oilseed rape

Recent wet weather has provided the ideal conditions for phoma in oilseed rape crops and growers should monitor the disease and apply a fungicide as soon as thresholds are reached. The moisture was much needed for crops that received little rain during the driest September on record, but it's encour...

UK: Monitor herd disease - oral fluid sampling

Oral fluid sampling will offer UK pig producers a stress-free way to monitor herd disease levels, using cotton rope for pigs to chew. Initial research results are encouraging and point towards oral fluid sampling providing a low-cost, non-invasive method to assess the health status of pigs, says Lor...

UK: EU decree results in 3% loss in UK oilseed rape crop

The European Union ban on neonicotinoid seed dressing on oilseed rape this season has resulted 2.7% of the oilseed rape crop in England and Scotland being lost due to damage by cabbage stem flea beetles. The UK has seen widespread beetle damage to crops, especially in Hampshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire...

UK: Record wheat yields thanks to perfect weather

The NFU harvest survey, published on Tuesday (7 October), predicted that the 2014 UK wheat harvest would weigh in at 8.6t/ha – the biggest ever uplift in 30 years and 16% more than 2013. A perfect summer for growing conditions contrasted with the wettest winter and third warmest spring on record ear...

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