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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...

Cost of UK pig production: Positive outlook for producers

The latest AHDB/BPEX estimates of the cost of pig production for the first two quarters of 2014 have been published. They show a slight increase for Q1 to Q2 but substantially lower than figures in 2012 and 2013. The new estimates show that the cost of pig production in the second quarter of 2014 a...

Importation of US live boars to UK prompts PEDv fears

Leaders in the British pig industry have voiced their concerns following the importation of live boars by a UK breeding from the United States, where porcine epidemic diarrheoa virus (PEDv) is rampant. Earlier this month, Yorkshire-based JSR Genetics imported 120 Pietrain-based boars from a supplier...

UK on track with disease preparedness

Good progress is being made with the work to improve the country’s preparedness for exotic and emerging disease such as ASF and PEDv. A round table, held under the auspices of the Pig Health and Welfare Council, identified a series of actions which are being developed by industry partners. These, al...

Two thirds of flocks suffer smothering, UK survey says

The first large-scale research project quantifying the extent of hen smothering in the UK has suggested two-thirds of free-range flocks may be affected. McDonald's commissioned the survey as part of its UK Sustainable Egg Supply Group and worked with consultants FAI Farms to question every farmer su...

UK consumers urged to avoid imported eggs

The British Egg Industry Council is urging caterers and consumers to look for the British Lion mark on eggs in the wake of a large outbreak of salmonella food poisoning believed to be linked to imported eggs. The type of salmonella identified, Salmonella enteritidis PT14b has not been found in UK eg...

Strike could prompt meat scarcity in UK supermarkets

UK supermarket shelves could be void of poultry meat, pork and red meat, if a planned strike by meat hygiene inspectors goes ahead, trade union Unison has warned. The union has received 63% support for strike action in a ballot of meat hygiene inspectors, vets and support staff employed by the Food ...

UK lambs may suffer from cobalt deficiency

Cobalt deficiency is threatening to limit lamb growth rates, technicians are warning on the website of FarmersWeekly. Despite the fact it has been an exceptional year for grass growth in the UK, many farmers in the country are reporting later lambs have not been flourishing. Nia Williams from Nette...

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